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Discussion: Roman: Harpsichord Sonatas, part 1 - Paradiso

Posts: 6

Post by Lute January 6, 2015 (1 of 6)
What a treat for fans of harpsichord music! This certainly is one of my top choices for 2014.

While little known today, Johan Helmich Roman is regarded as the father of Swedish music. He greatly admired Handel and performed under his direction in an orchestra in London.. He later worked and studied in Naples. And the charming keyboard works on this SACD were mostly inspired by the Neapolitan school of baroque music that he also came to hold in high regard. The 7 sonatas here have a touch of the playful volatility of Scarlatti.

Anna Paradiso's approach is based on this southern Italian style. And how delightful is the vigor and swings of emotion that she brings to these gems! She uses 3 different harpsichords: a French-style one, an Italian-style one, and a copy of a Swedish one built by Specken.

The 24/96 recording has a nice warmth and naturally captures each instruments' unique character. Multichannel is superb!

Bravo!

Post by Fugue March 19, 2015 (2 of 6)
I concur, except that the stereo sound is fantastic! Roman's music is less predictable and more kaleidoscopic in range than Scarlatti's to my ears.

Post by Lute March 19, 2015 (3 of 6)
Well recorded (and performed) harpsichord is a real pleasure to listen to. :)

I'm looking forward to Roman: The 12 Flute Sonatas, Nos 1-5 - Laurin.

Post by Fugue March 19, 2015 (4 of 6)
I hope Part 2 of the Harpsichord Sonatas follows soon. I'll have to check out the Flute Sonatas.

Post by bissie March 20, 2015 (5 of 6)
Fugue said:

I hope Part 2 of the Harpsichord Sonatas follows soon. I'll have to check out the Flute Sonatas.

They will, all of them (and a couple by Agrell). I listened to the first edit the other day and I must say that I was bowled over. Vol II is even better than Vol I.

Robert

Post by Fugue March 20, 2015 (6 of 6)
Good news--thanks.

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