Boris Bloch

Piano Works, Vol. 6: Scarlatti

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The sixth volume of Boris Bloch's Piano Works on Ars Produktion presents 17 keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, a composer central to Bloch's broad repertoire. The selections for this program are seemingly based on the familiarity of the sonatas, or were possibly determined by Bloch's personal preferences, and not by any other unifying factor, such as key signature or Kirkpatrick numbering. Bloch's playing is generally bright, crisp, and frequently hard-edged, and his style of playing is decidedly modern, including rather heavy use of the pedals and some rubato, and he shows no apparent feeling for Baroque performance practices. That said, his interpretations are energetic and buoyed by a sense of delight in Scarlatti's sudden and surprising changes of moods and gestures. This album may appeal to casual listeners of piano music, though those who favor period style or at least have expectations of a lighter tone and more nuanced execution should look elsewhere. The reproduction is clear and quite boosted, so a moderate volume level is advised.

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