Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 141 (L. 422)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This D minor effort is one of Scarlatti's finest Sonatas and also one of his most unusual: it is really a toccata whose focus on repeated notes is said to be an attempt to imitate the sonorities of a mandolin. In addition, it makes considerable demands on the soloist with hand-crossings and other keyboard acrobatics executed at rapid tempos.

    Marked Allegro, the work's opening is striking: the sound world of a mandolin is immediately invoked in the manic character of the repeated notes. Some listeners may identify this rapid-fire, tremolo-like effect more with the guitar, another instrument Scarlatti often imitated in his keyboard works.

    The main theme scurries about playfully, but with a sense of urgency in its hyperactivity. The material of the second subject is just as driven, but focuses less on repeated notes, more on heightening the sense of conflict and resolution, but always with elegance, if a breathless elegance. Midway through Scarlatti turns to development of his thematic material, as was his usual course. Here the music maintains the same busy mood in expanding largely on the secondary material, and in those nervous repeated notes as well. Without a doubt this three-and-a-half minute gem is one of Scarlatti's finest and most challenging sonatas.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Alpha 399
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 17065
    2018 Erato 574283
    2018 Erato 0190295633684
    2017 Melodiya MELCD 1002517
    2017 Alia Vox AV 9921
    2017 Label G
    2017 Label G 507970
    2017 Chesky Records JD 401
    2016 Warner Classics 556481
    2016 Warner Classics 556484
    2016 Hyperion CDA 67613
    2016 Sterling CDA 1664
    2016 Sony Classical 88875192982
    2016 BIS BIS 2138
    2014 Sony Classical 88843047122
    2014 Naïve V 5399
    2014 Mirare MIR 273
    2013 Erato / Virgin Classics 341372C
    2013 Stradivarius STR 33844
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94613
    2013 Herisson / Hérissons LH 04
    2013 Shadow Mountain Records
    2013 EMI Classics / Liberty / Virgin Classics / Warner Classics 5099992827
    2013 Erato
    2012 Warner Classics 665080
    2012 Erato
    2012 Nimbus NI 1719
    2012 Shadow Mountain Records 587800
    2011 Erato / Virgin Classics 5099964201
    2011 Tonar 11015
    2011 Pilfink Records JJVCD 85
    2011 Avie AV 2229
    2011 Pro Piano PPR 224506
    2011 Piano Classics PCL 0024
    2011 Yarlung Records YAR 95992
    2011 Warner Classics 2564672698
    2011 Warner Classics 672390
    2011 Amon Ra / Saydisc CDSAR 27
    2011 Solo Records SLR 1
    2011 Artek AR0055
    2010 Decca
    2009 Erato / WEA 0927486432
    2009 Aeon 0644
    2009 BBC Legends 42612
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93546
    2008 Erato
    2008 Virgin Classics 522127
    2008 Thorofon / Zebralution
    2008 Nimbus 5822
    2008 Warner Classics
    2007 Nimbus 1731
    2007 Eroica Distribution 3318
    2007 Scandinavian Classics 220589
    2006 Danacord 645
    2006 Channel Productions 6009
    2006 Ottavo 29445
    2005 MSR Classics 1107
    2005 Warner Music 62092
    2005 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 82876673752
    2004 Hänssler Classic 98211
    2003 Brilliant Classics 92106
    2003 Virgin 45575
    2003 Naïve 8891
    2003 Warner Classics
    2003 EMI Classics
    2002 Bongiovanni 5122/23
    2002 Hänssler Classic 98401
    2001 IMP Classics 303670061
    2001 Astree Naive 8836
    2001 Aura Classics 0170
    2001 Analekta 23121
    2001 Virgin 61961
    2001 Tudor Records 769
    2000 Angel Records / Warner Classics 7243556975
    2000 Datum 90005
    2000 Rene Gailly 87142
    2000 INA Memoire Vive 019
    2000 CD Accord 020
    1999 Astree 128502
    1999 Decca 458165
    1999 Naxos 553067
    1999 BBC Music 4015
    1999 Channel Crossings CCS14298
    1996 Tall Poppies 057
    1995 Aca Digital 20006
    1995 Hungaroton 31571
    1995 Virgin Classics 5451232
    1994 Naxos 550252
    1994 Teldec 4509-94523-2
    1993 Astree 8502
    1993 EMI Classics 764934-2
    1993 Nonesuch 7559792922
    1992 Erato 45309
    1992 Erato 45422
    1992 Gasparo Records 275
    1992 Chesky Records 75
    1991 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77224
    1991 Centaur Records 2177
    1988 Erato 22922454232
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    Erato 45309/3
    Brilliant Classics 93546/10
    Pearl 0106
    Nuova Era 7277
    Fleurs de Lys FL2 3041
    Collins Records 13222
    DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 38212-13
    Fone 0214
    dB Productions 56
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