Galuppi - 6 Harpsichord Sonatas Op.1 | Brilliant Classics 95253

Galuppi - 6 Harpsichord Sonatas Op.1

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95253

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd January 2016



Andrea Chezzi (harpsichord)


Galuppi, Baldassare

Harpsichord Sonatas (6), op.1


Andrea Chezzi (harpsichord)


Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785) was one of the most successful and famous composers of his time. A highly versatile composer, he covered basically every possible genre, from opera, sacred music and concertos to chamber and solo music. His greatest success was in opera: he was the 'inventor' of the Opera Buffa, the comic opera so much in vogue in the 18th century. A commercial genius as well, he published his works all over Europe, making him a wealthy man.

Galuppi’s works mark the transition from the Baroque to the Classical Era. The Sonatas Opus 1 are varied in style and content, ranging from one movement to four movements, from relatively simple keyboard writing to virtuoso passages reminiscent of the sonatas by his contemporary Domenico Scarlatti. The style is charming, melodious and brilliant, perfect examples of the emerging 'Galant Style' of the late 18th century.

Harpsichordist Andrea Chezzi is an excellent Italian musician and scholar, highly specialised in his field. His thorough understanding of the style and historical background of the repertoire is enhanced by his deep love for the music he is playing. He wrote the liner notes for the CD himself.

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