Sabbath musical delight: Scarlatti sonatas played by Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy

I had never heard of this performer, but this showed up in my YT feed. I was very pleasantly surprised by some of the interpretations. Judge for yourself.

Harpsichordist and composer Domenico Scarlatti (son of the Italian baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti) was born in the “annus mirabilis” of classical music, 1685, like Händel and Bach. He wrote for various instruments and ensembles, but is today mostly known for his 555 keyboard sonatas, most of them written in his capacity as keyboard tutor to the Infanta Barbara of Portugal (later Queen-Consort of King Ferdinand VI of Spain), by all accounts not just an avid music lover but an unusually talented keyboardist herself. Scarlatti tutored her from age 9 or 10 until his death (one year before hers).

The above album contains some of his best-known and some of his early sonatas.

Have a nice weekend and Shabbat shalom!

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