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DOMENICO SCARLATTI: COMPLETE KEYBOARD SONATAS, VOL. IV. Parma, Book 9 – 30 sonatas (1754); Parma, Book 10 – 30 sonatas (1754); Parma, Book 11 – 30 sonatas (1754). Carlo Grante, piano. UPC # 0-17685-12932-2.

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Carlo Grante continues his critically acclaimed series of Domenico Scarlatti’s complete keyboard works - the only one ever recorded with the same pianist playing all of the works. Jonathan Woolf wrote in MusicWeb International “...beautifully played, and recorded, the first box in Music & Arts' series (CD-1236) is profoundly impressive.” And Jed Distler wrote in Gramophone, “My review of Volume I praised Grante's thoughtful virtuosity and stylistic insights, together with his wide range of agogic stresses, articulations and embellishments, not to mention an acute sense of textural diversity and registral differentiation that have as much to do with Grante as with the vintage Bosendorfer grand used. These words apply even more to Volume 2 (CD-1242) where Grante's highly detailed fingerwork goes right to the heart of each sonata's character.”

The Metropolitan Opera’s Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi wrote of him in 2015 that “Carlo Grante is one of the most astonishing artists I have ever known and worked with.” The principal critic of Vienna’s Die Presse dubbed him “a knight of the piano, without blemish and without fear.”


“Carlo Grante’s monumental voyage through Domenico Scarlatti’s complete keyboard sonatas has reached volume four. In the first release, reviewed here, I wrote that ‘for a single overview, beautifully played, and recorded, the first box in Music & Arts’ series is profoundly impressive.’ Fortunately, subsequent releases have not fallen from the heights established by the inaugural set and the latest volume is no different. The Bösendorfer Imperial, recorded in Vienna’s Studio Glanzing, sounds as sumptuous as ever and Grante’s musical instincts are once again alive to every shift in Scarlatti’s prismic imagination.

Complete with his own extensive and outstanding notes and another top of the range recording, this is every bit the equal of the previous three volumes.”

—Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International, March 9, 2017

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