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Track(s) taken from CDA67275

Étude No 6 in D minor 'Esercizio per pianoforte, Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti'

1992; published by C. F. Peters Corp., New York

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: February 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: October 2001
Total duration: 3 minutes 21 seconds

Cover artwork: Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)

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Domenico Scarlatti’s 555 keyboard sonatas constitute a body of work replete with marvellous invention and amazing variety. Yet, inevitably perhaps, there are recurring mannerisms, and to someone like myself who is easily given to lampooning, these are very easy to make fun of. Anyone who, like me, loves these sonatas should not in the least take offence at what I’ve done in No 6, Esercizio per pianoforte ‘Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti’—this is a purely affectionate tribute, even though I have obviously exaggerated a few things! The acrobatic nature of the writing adds a humorous visual dimension to any live performance, a dimension that is of course lost in a recording.

from notes by Marc-André Hamelin © 2010

Les 555 sonates pour clavier de Domenico Scarlatti constituent un ensemble d’œuvres qui regorgent d’une merveilleuse invention et d’une exceptionnelle variété. Pourtant et c’est peut-être inévitable, il y a des caractéristiques récurrentes qu’il est très facile de tourner en dérision pour quelqu’un comme moi qui se livre facilement à la satire. Quiconque aime ces sonates comme moi ne devrait pas le moins du monde s’offenser de ce que j’ai fait dans la no 6, Esercizio per pianoforte «Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti»—c’est un hommage purement affectueux, même s’il est évident que j’ai exagéré quelques petites choses! La nature acrobatique de l’écriture ajoute une dimension visuelle humoristique à toute exécution «live», dimension bien sûr perdue dans un enregistrement.

extrait des notes rédigées par Marc-André Hamelin © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Domenico Scarlattis 555 Cembalo-Sonaten bilden einen Werk-Kosmos, übervoll an wunderbarer Erfindung und Vielfalt. Trotzdem trifft man (vielleicht unvermeidlich) auf immer wiederkehrende Eigenheiten, und für jemand wie mich, der eine durchaus spöttische Ader hat, ist es kein Problem, sich darüber lustig zu machen. Niemand, der wie ich diese Sonaten liebt, sollte sich auch nur im Geringsten darüber ärgern, was ich in Nr. 6 Esercizio per pianoforte „Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti“ getan habe. Das ist nichts als eine reine Liebeserklärung, auch wenn ich offenbar ein paar Sachen übertrieben habe! Der akrobatische Klaviersatz hat bei jeder Aufführung allein schon optisch eine humorige Note, eine Dimension, die natürlich bei einer Aufnahme fehlt.

aus dem Begleittext von Marc-André Hamelin © 2010
Deutsch: Ludwig Madlener

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