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Geoffrey Baskerville introduces music by father and son Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti. The
Scarlatti cult that swept through England in the 1740s thanks to
Domenico's flamboyant harpsichord sonatas had its most eloquent fan in the city of Newcastle. Charles Avison reworked the sonatas into orchestral concertos, and these even warrant a mention in Sterne's
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D,
Ton Koopman (harpsichord)
Avison Concerto Grosso No 6 in D
Brandenburg Consort , director Roy Goodman (violin)
Alessandro Scarlatti Lamentazioni per la Settimana Santa (excerpt) Christina Miatello (soprano), Aurora Ensemble
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in A minor, Kkl75
Rafael Puyana (harpsichord)
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in C, Kk513 Andras Schiff (piano)
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