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Soler: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Volume II ()


Padre Antonio Soler was a Catalan monk who studied with Domenico Scarlatti and wrote harpsichord music that extended Scarlatti's language. Some of his 120-odd surviving sonatas follow Scarlatti closely, with compact binary forms and such effects as emulation of Spanish guitar styles. But Soler, a generation younger, struck out in new directions -- not just because he had his own musical personality, as harpsichordist Gilbert Rowland says in the notes to this disc, but because he was trying to reconcile the Scarlattian language with the limpid galant style that was on the rise. Soler's music is generally more difficult for the player than Scarlatti's music, and in places it's quite spectacular even if Soler was caught in something of a historical dead end.The present disc is one installment in a complete set of Soler harpsichord sonatas being issued by the indefatigable folks at Naxos. If it is possible to describe any harpsichord playing as in-your-face, that of British harpsichordist Gilbert Rowland... Hide synopsis

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