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GALUPPI, B.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Napoli)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Matteo Napoli



Music Theatre, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Total Time - 64:41
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GALUPPI, B.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Napoli)

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Keyboard Sonata in D minor, Illy No. 66

1 I. Andante 3:24
2 II. Allegro, Illy No. 73 2:01
3 III. Largo, Illy No. 74 2:47
4 IV. Allegro e spiritoso 2:15

Keyboard Sonata in C major, Illy No. 30


Keyboard Sonata in C minor, Illy No. 38

6 I. Allegro moderato 3:26
7 II. Allegretto 2:30

Keyboard Sonata in F major, Illy No. 36

8 I. Andantino, e con espressione 5:29
9 II. Allegro assai 3:18
10 III. Allegro 1:55

Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Illy No. 23

11 I. Andantino 2:06
12 II. Allegro moderato 3:57
13 III. Andante spiritoso 2:27

Keyboard Sonata in A minor

14 I. Siciliana 2:34
15 II. Allegro, Illy No. 68 3:09

Keyboard Sonata in F major, Illy No. 50

16 I. Largo 1:45
17 II. Allegro 2:00

Keyboard Sonata in A minor, Illy No. 43

18 I. Larghetto cantabile 3:35
19 II. Allegro vivace 3:11

Keyboard Sonata in E major, Illy No. 41

20 I. Allegro moderato 2:44
21 II. Larghetto con 6 Variazioni 6:29
 Matteo Napoli Soloist

Known as Il Buranello after his island birthplace of Burano, opera composer Baldassare Galuppi was also admired as a keyboard player. His sonatas are quiet, refined gems of the utmost elegance and lyricism, with expressive contrasts ranging from poignant operatic aria style movements to the energetic influence of Scarlatti. This selection includes late works from the Passatempo al Cembalo. Matteo Napoli has been praised for his “enviable poise” -International Record Review in volume 1 (NX 2263) and “finely nuanced” playing - Fanfare in volume 2 (NX 2490).

"This is the third volume in the Naxos tribute to the keyboard Sonatas of Baldassare Galuppi, as performed by Italian pianist Matteo Napoli. Galuppi is at any rate justly famed for his huge contribution to opera buffa, but he was also a prolific and popular composer of keyboard music, particularly sonatas…His sound is original, his musicianship masterly and mellifluous. Sonata after varied Sonata is brimming with elegant melody and fluent invention, graceful and rewarding, and unblighted by bravura for its own sake... Napoli’s elegant, sensitive recital consists of a selection of Sonatas in various keys, ranging in length from four to eleven minutes, with a mixture of works of three movements and two, plus a single one- and four-movement item for good measure... sound quality is its best ...the microphones are perfectly placed ... there are fairly detailed notes on the works heard here." 
Byzantion - - October 2012

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