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Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas,
Volume I

Richard Lester, harpsichord

Essercizi per Gravicembalo (K1-30) Venice I & II (1752) (K49, K98, K99, K129, K148-201)

NI 1725 DDD
Total Playing Time 6 hours 47 mins
UPC: 0710357172526, 6 CD Set

£29.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas,
Volume II

Richard Lester,
harpsichord & organ

Venice III – V (1753)
(K206 – 295)

NI 1726 DDD
Total Playing Time 6 hours 24 mins
UPC: 0710357172625, 6 CD Set

£29.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas,
Volume III

Richard Lester,
harpsichord & organ

Venice VI – VIII (1753-4)
(K296 – 355, K358 – 387)

NI 1727 DDD
Total Playing Time 6 hours 1 min
UPC: 0710357172724, 6 CD Set

£29.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas,
Volume IV

Richard Lester,
harpsichord & fortepiano

Venice IX – XI (1754-6)
(K388 – 451, K454 – 483)

NI 1728 DDD
Total Playing Time 6 hours 54 mins
UPC: 0710357172823, 6 CD Set

£29.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas,
Volume V

Richard Lester, harpsichord & fortepiano Academia Musicali – Elizabeth Lester & Nerys Evans, recorders

Venice XII – XIII (1756-7) (K484 – 543) Continuo Sonatas (K78, K81, K88 – 91)

NI 1729 DDD
Total Playing Time 5 hours 5 mins
UPC: 0710357172922, 5 CD Set

£29.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas,
Volume VI

Richard Lester,
harpsichord

Venice XIV (1742) (K3, 10-12, 17, 31, 36-38, 43-77, 79, 80, 82-87, 92, 93) Venice XV (1749) (K96, K98-138)

NI 1730 DDD
Total Playing Time 7 hours 3 mins
UPC: 0710357173028, 6 CD Set

£29.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas,
Volume VII

Richard Lester, harpsichord

Appendices & Diversities
57 Sonatas

NI 1731 DDD
Total Playing Time 3 hours 41 mins
UPC: 0710357173127, 3 CD Set

£19.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Domenico
Scarlatti

Highlights from
The Complete Sonatas

Richard Lester,
harpsichord
& fortepiano

NI 5822/3 DDD
Total Playing Time 3 hours 33 mins
UPC: 0710357582226, 2 CD Set

£19.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Domenico Scarlatti
The Complete Sonatas
MP3 Edition

NI1719 MP3

£29.99 incl. P&P (UK)

Scarlatti Discography
Press Reviews

This latest release is wholly consistent with the extraordinarily high standard set by Richard Lester in the first two volumes and is to be recommended without reservation. Lester’s playing when taken with the immaculate preparation of the whole corpus puts the Nimbus set at the top of the list. Lester plays them with the telling and wholly positive possessiveness of a true teacher and lover of this wide and extensive soundscape. As if opening a case of jewels with pride, yet no hint of bombast or arrogance. Earlier single volumes of the sonatas of the Scarlatti sonatas by Lester, who is a respected academic and writer in the UK and abroad, have been understandably very well received. Without empathy with the spirit of the sonatas, so substantial are they that it would be difficult to sustain freshness over a long haul – Lester does and without any kind of superficial novelty. Effects are carried off with vigour and a certain suaveness that does the music proud. His playing is light of touch and detached to the extent that the music speaks for itself; and at the same time intense and poetic. Lester’s gift is to present the sonatas as carefully crafted jewels; he’s immersed in the structure, sonorities and melodic invention of each and every one. As a result you never tire of hearing what is coming next. There is the feeling of a series of studies in the same way you have with Bach’s 48. Truly, that’s more a sense of unity and cohesion than anything dry and forced. Lester’s playing is so unselfconsciously careful, delicate without being clipped or brittle and oh so poised. It’s hard not to be enthusiastic about this set so enthusiastic, in fact as to be impatient for volume IV.

Musicweb International

 

Should be considered as first choice for potential collectors of the whole oeuvre… an enterprising Scarlatti project and a completist’s dream. Impressive work by any standards.

The Gramophone

 

Lovingly prepared…giving literally hundreds of pieces their first really convincing performances.

Eighteenth Century Music Magazine

 

Full of conviction, colour and character.

BBC Music Magazine

 

Lester plays with total conviction and authority, characterizing and colouring each work with incisive ornamentation and clear voice-leading, and his technique is entirely up to the enormous and varied challenges of these works. One can only sit back in astonishment and marvel at the sheer originality of Scarlatti’s keyboard writing, of which Lester is a most ardent and persuasive advocate.

International Record Review

 

There are several complete sets on the market, but Lester consistently pushes the boundaries. His playing is intense, sharp and powerfully rhythmic. All these traits add up to an interpretation that portrays Scarlatti as an almost Lisztian virtuoso an interpretation to which his music certainly stands up.

All Music Guide. USA

 

Deserving of the highest praise and can be unreservedly recommended for lovers of this intriguing and evocative repertoire. Lester’s playing is as fresh and yet thoughtful as you could want. A superb performer approaching each one with considered enthusiasm, and delight. The presentation of each work is clearly the result of much study and familiarity; these bring extra insight. If you want to experience the shimmering warmth of eighteenth century Spain, the elegance, vibrancy and somewhat rough-edged spirit of the court; and at the same time learn the intricate subtleties and profundities of Scarlatti’s seemingly endless invention, then buy this.

Musicweb International

 

What a wonderful achievement and with performances like this, no-one will be disappointed. There is very much to enjoy and Richard Lester has done the harpsichord world a great favour by presenting these pieces in this way… A splendid achievement.

Musical Pointers

 

It almost goes without saying that the playing in this set is well up to that of the other CD sets in the series. Lester’s playing is consistent without being either trying or tiring. It’s playing which could only be as inspired as it is because of love for and immersion in the music. This Lester achieves by both a first class technique and a real love for and engagement in the world in which Scarlatti was working. Lester is adventurous where experiment is needed; he holds back when restraint aids interpretation, and has a lightness of touch that is most persuasive. Above all, he plays with a consistent clarity and attention to detail every phrase is articulated in crystalline fashion. But at the end you’ll feel the (truer because deeper) sense of a thoroughly composed miniature lacking nothing. To convey this without fuss or frills is Lester’s achievement. The way in which Lester adapts his approach and execution to the atmosphere of each sonata and group of sonatas is inspiring; he never looks for artificial decoration, or forced emotiveness. His style and execution are relaxed and natural, yet full of energy all in exactly the right amounts. This is no mean achievement. Indeed Lester’s approach is that of someone who both loves and is still in awe of this music. It really is the most pleasing playing and could make or break the whole experience. It makes it.

Musicweb International

More Scarlatti Discography Press Reviews

The lively and compelling rhythms of the dance are as prominent as ever. Lester elicits subtlety in such passages and achieves the right balance between the very sound of the harpsichord he plays and the music beyond the sonorities of any one instrument. There are some exciting, not to say exhilarating, moments indeed the opening of K141 is chromatic, sparse and full of tension. The handling of both the onset of this drama and its release are reminders of just how good a technique Lester has. Listen to Lester’s tour de force in K 205 nearly nine minutes of sustained balance and measured advance, not missing a beat, nor over-driving the insistent progressions. Breathtaking.

Classical net USA

…..the entire arsenal of Baroque keyboard virtuosity.

Fanfare Magazine

 

Clearly this is a huge undertaking, and a considerable labour of love, so it is wonderful to be able to recommend it absolutely wholeheartedly.

International Record Review

 

Ideal breakfast-time music to start the day…and all gaining rave reviews

Musical Pointers

Richard Lester’s coverage of the complete Scarlatti keyboard sonatas is very impressive indeed; it has the greatest advantage both of economy and of being made available in seven separate boxes. Lester’s credentials are impeccable but, more importantly, he is obviously very enthusiastic about this repertoire and his spontaneous playing conveys that dedication. His style is admirably flexible and altogether most winning. At the very least, readers are urged to try the two-CD sampler, (NI5822) which opens with some brilliant displays of sparkling solo virtuosity. A really exceptional issue on every count. ****

The Penguin Guide to Classical Recorded Music