Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas (Scott Ross, harpsichord)

One of the monuments in the history or recording, the late Scott Ross recorded this epoch-making set of 555 keyboard sonatas as part of a series of recitals given on Radio France. The music is amazing. After starting out as a slightly run-of-the-mill Italian Baroque composer, the middle-aged Domenico left his father’s baleful influence and became the teacher of Princess Maria Barbara of Portugal, later Queen of Spain. While in her service, he created this fantastic body of short pieces, each a little gem encapsulating the sights and sounds of Spain in the 18th century. I don’t recommend that you listen to them at one sitting, but taken individually, there is no music more charming or delicious.

–David Hurwitz

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