November 4th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Scarlatti

I confess that Scarlatti is not one of my top five favorite composers.  So many little tiny quick notes...all interesting, but hardly any time to hear the patterns they make before they're gone.  Scarlatti exceeds my short-term auditory memory and the sound overall is too twinkly.  One Scarlatti, as refreshing as a mouthful of very tart, very sparkly club soda with a lime squeezed into it.   Five or six Scarlatti sonatas in a row...too much.

The exception is a recording I have of Horowitz playing Scarlatti.   Somehow Horowitz infused a lifetime's musical sensitivity to more than right-notes-in-right-order-really-fast and suddenly Scarlatti acquires color, tone, mood...more than just sparkles, cascades, of speedy little note-dots.

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