I think I once talked with you that I have always loved Baroque music since I was a child. (Read more about my love for classical music in Weekly Playlist: The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.) I love the elegant and classical atmosphere created by Baroque music. Baroque music also represents to me the origin of my love for classical music. And I can never stop being obsessed with it.
Today in this weekly playlist post, I would like to share with you one of my favorite albums of Baroque music composed by Domenico Scarlatti which is the “Alexandre Tharaud plays Scarlatti”.
Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
Domenico Scarlatti was born in 1685 in Naples. Scarlatti was famous for his 555 keyboard sonatas. These sonatas are single movements, and mostly written for harpsichord or the earliest pianofortes. Since Scarlatti spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families, his music was very much influenced by Portuguese and Spanish folk music including Spanish guitar.
Alexandre Tharaud plays Scarlatti
The french pianist Alexandre Tharaud made a beautiful interpretation on these sonatas. He perfectly transferred these music made for harpsichord on modern piano, and depicted the scene of Spanish royal music for modern audiences.
Baroque music is always decorated, luxurious and passionate in the melodies. The music played by Alexandre Tharaud sounds accurate, transparent, subtle and elegant. His music is like the raindrops on the leaves in the royal garden, and the steps made of heels worn by the royalty at the magnificent palace. Besides the poetry and lightness, he also brought out the lively Spanish rhythm in the music which fully shows Scarlatti’s original works. Alexandre Tharaud’s perfect techniques made these sonatas for ancient music instruments perfectly performed on modern piano.
Through Alexandre Tharaud’s performance, we can hear the intrigues of Baroque time, and also the vintage feeling from the 17th century.
Alexandre Tharaud presents us this album of both vintage and modern. It brings us both the classic and original taste for Baroque music, and fills in our imagination of this luxury and decorated time. In this album by Alexandre Tharaud, Scarlatti’s sonatas are gentle, obsessive and blazed between notes as they have always been through hundreds of years. The only difference is: this time, the music shines in 21th century.
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