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  • Type CD
  • Label Herisson
  • UPC 5425008377247
  • Catalog number LH 04
  • Release date 30 March 2010
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About the album

Domenico Scarlatti found himself in the awkward situation of being the son of one of Europe’s most celebrated composers, Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725). Domenico, for all his efforts, never achieved the immense glory of his father in the field of opera, and for a long time his career was overshadowed. It was only after his appointment as harpsichord teacher to Maria Barbara of Braganza that he seemed to finally find his own inimitable style. At the height of his artistic maturity, Scarlatti had his sonatas copied into albums dedicated to Maria Barbara and seemed, to borrow Ralph Kirkpatrick’s wonderful expression, to write "as though reliving his life".

This remarkable harpsichord-tiorbino (Napoli, ca.1710) is currently the only known example to have survived with its original disposition intact : one keyboard with the usual brass strings, and a second keyboard with gut strings.

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