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Scarlatti : Sonatas

Jean Rondeau

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Staying true to himself, harpsichordist Jean Rondeau stirs up another musical storm. In his interpretation of around fifteen Sonatas by Scarlatti, he unleashes a kind of rawness, a poetic rawness, as if he had invented the sonatas on the spot. But no, no, they are indeed Scarlatti’s sonatas! On the other hand, Domenico's letter to Queen Marie-Barbara de Bragança, found in the accompanying booklet, is factually apocryphal. She was his pupil as early as 1720 and continued to be until her royal marriage to the Spanish court; it seems that it was for her that he wrote his approximately five hundred and fifty-five sonatas, that is to say that he had found a student worthy of his genius.

The farce on the ninth track is also apocryphal, which Rondeau uses as an interlude between the two “parts” of his programme. It is a funny little improvisation of jumbled notes and clusters - enough to clean the ears between the two Scarlattis. The instrument used here is quite amazing; it is a harpsichord “based on German models”, built in 2006 by Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto. It offers an extremely rich sound with a rather unusual tone, showing that it takes more than just pressing the keys of a harpsichord to get the desired sound. With his very personal technique, Rondeau makes his harpsichord wonderfully unique, giving the baroque music an incredibly modern feel. © SM/Qobuz

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Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Kk. 208 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Kk. 208
00:05:05

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, Kk. 175 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, Kk. 175
00:03:57

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, Kk. 69 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, Kk. 69
00:03:28

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 141 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 141
00:04:11

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 213 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 213
00:05:52

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Kk. 216 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Kk. 216
00:05:39

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Kk. 162 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Kk. 162
00:07:30

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Kk. 132 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Kk. 132
00:10:19

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Interlude (Jean Rondeau)

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Interlude
00:00:30

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in F Major, Kk. 6 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in F Major, Kk. 6
00:03:14

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 180 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 180
00:03:02

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 30 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, Kk. 30
00:04:29

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 119 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 119
00:05:40

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Kk. 199 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Kk. 199
00:04:31

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Kk. 460 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Kk. 460
00:05:57

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, Kk. 481 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, Kk. 481
00:07:28

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord (Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto, 2006, from German model) - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album review

Staying true to himself, harpsichordist Jean Rondeau stirs up another musical storm. In his interpretation of around fifteen Sonatas by Scarlatti, he unleashes a kind of rawness, a poetic rawness, as if he had invented the sonatas on the spot. But no, no, they are indeed Scarlatti’s sonatas! On the other hand, Domenico's letter to Queen Marie-Barbara de Bragança, found in the accompanying booklet, is factually apocryphal. She was his pupil as early as 1720 and continued to be until her royal marriage to the Spanish court; it seems that it was for her that he wrote his approximately five hundred and fifty-five sonatas, that is to say that he had found a student worthy of his genius.

The farce on the ninth track is also apocryphal, which Rondeau uses as an interlude between the two “parts” of his programme. It is a funny little improvisation of jumbled notes and clusters - enough to clean the ears between the two Scarlattis. The instrument used here is quite amazing; it is a harpsichord “based on German models”, built in 2006 by Jonte Knif & Arno Pelto. It offers an extremely rich sound with a rather unusual tone, showing that it takes more than just pressing the keys of a harpsichord to get the desired sound. With his very personal technique, Rondeau makes his harpsichord wonderfully unique, giving the baroque music an incredibly modern feel. © SM/Qobuz

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