Domenico Scarlatti – 19 sonatas – Nikolai Demidenko, piano.
“A highly enjoyable disc…the clarity and precision of (Demidenko’s) playing are impeccable, both tonally and rhythmically. Demidenko is brilliant and he revels in it… There is so much here to enjoy!”
GRAMOPHONE (February 2000)
” This fascinating and dazzling disc is Nikolai Demidenko’s second recording for SanCtuS, following his thought-provoking Schumann recital (SCS 011). One is immediately struck by Demidenko’s stunning fingerwork …this is an enormously exciting disc, and the vast majority of the sonatas are played with complete conviction and an involving panache. In Demidenko’s hands you are acutely aware of the startling originality and boldness of Scarlatti’s keyboard writing. Thoroughly recommended”
INTERNATIONAL PIANO QUARTERLY,
“(Demidenko) recreates the gentility of Baroque dance as it bows to the whimsy of Scarlatti’s imagination. Demidenko’s is big-boned, bold, sometimes dogged Scarlatti. He…enjoys exploiting the full range of the concert grand in this pleasing recording.”
THE TIMES: Tuesday 29th February 2000
” …this quality CD should rate highly in your collection. Neville Olliffe – EARLY MUSIC NEWS (Sydney, Australia) April-May 2000. <br><br>- …Demidenko is a formidably-equipped player and brushes off the acrobatic challenges of huge leaps, rapid scales (outstanding in the F major sonata, K. 367) and crossed hands passages with panache”
CLASSIC CD (May/2000).
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