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G2: Film & Music: Reviews: Classical: Scarlatti: The Complete Keyboard Sonatas Scott Ross ERATO, 34 CDS ?????

June 20, 2014

Andrew Clements

Before his death in 1989 at the age of 38, US-born harpsichordist Scott Ross had not only recorded the entire keyboard works of Couperin and Rameau, but also completed the first ever survey of Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas - all 555 of them. Recorded in 1984 and 1985, Ross's Scarlatti performances were issued by Erato as a hugely expensive set in the 1990s. Having the box reissued now puts one of the most extraordinary achievements on disc in the last quarter-century back in the spotlight. Ideas about performing 18th-century keyboard music may change regularly, and more recent interpreters often allow themselves more expressive freedom than Ross did, but these performances still seem ageless, never stiff or routine. Wherever you dip into them, the sense of stylishness, energy and, especially, Ross's affection for Scarlatti's boundless harmonic and rhythmic imagination is obvious. It's a constant, almost inexhaustible joy.

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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