"A heavenly Bösendorfer"
Founded in 1935, American Record Guide is America's oldest classical music review magazine. Recently they reviewed Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas played by well-known Italian pianist Carlo Grante (Vol.1).
The review by Rob Haskins is unstinting in it's praise for Scarlatti's music, for Carlo Grante's beautiful playing and for the heavenly Bösendorfer. Here abstracts of the article:
" .... The Italian pianist Carlo Grante has just released an impressive first volume in his own complete collection (of Scarlatti's sonatas-editor). He's decided to perform the sonatas in the order they are preserved in Parma manuscript ...."
".... Grante plays a heavenly Bösendorfer (on loan from Eva and Paul Badura-Skoda) and his approach to the music is thoroughly pianistic. The tone is almost always singing and expressive, with a phenomenal range of tonal variety and refreshingly heartfelt sentiment. Grante gives me hope for the future of baroque and early classical performance...you will find Grante’s collection an almost limitless source of new discoveries and pleasures ...."
Carlo Grante is one of the most active and accomplished performing and recording artists of his generation.
For the full length of the CD-review go to www.americanrecordguide.com/
No less enthusiastic than Rob Haskins, Gramophone's reviewer Jed Distler hails "Grante's second shot at Scarlatti's sonatas" on a vintage Bösendorfer Imperial grand and fervently hopes that "Grante and Music & Arts will see this cycle through to completion".
Already in the late 1990s Carlo Grante embarked on a complete Scarlatti cycle for the Dante label. 120 sonatas appeared on seven CDs before the project was curtailed and the label folded.
Carlo Grante's discography includes more than thirty titles, including works by Platti, Clementi, Scarlatti, Liszt, Busoni, Chopin, Prokofiev and Godowsky.
Jed Distler writes that "Grante's meticulous, thoughtful virtuosity and stylistic insights have markedly evolved in the interim. He generally now favours slower tempi, while bringing to the table a wide berth of agogic accents, varied articulations and embellishments....
.... Compare, for example, Grante's ealier briskly lyrical G minor Sonata, K8, alongside his altogether slower, more nuanced remake, where the dotted rythms take on an almost Handelian air ...
..... Like Horowitz, Grante is a past master at creating a multicoloured portfolio of legato shadings through fingers alone, pedalling ever so discreetly ...."
Jed Distlers's complete review has been printed in the June issue of the popular music magazine Gramophone (UK).
More information about Carlo Grante's Scarlatti-Project you will also find at Bösendorfer's Music Library: music.boesendorfer.com/index.php?ord=composer&find=Scarlatti
(Photocredit: Bösendorfer/D. Peters)