A Portuguesa: Iberian Concertos & Sonatas | Harmonia Mundi HMM902337

A Portuguesa: Iberian Concertos & Sonatas


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902337

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th October 2018



Andreas Staier (harpsichord)
Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica Porto


Avison, Charles

Concerti grossi (12) after Domenico Scarlatti
» no.5 in D minor

Boccherini, Luigi

String Quintets (6), op.30 G319-324
» no.6 in C major, G324 'La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (Night music of the streets of Madrid)'

Corbett, William

Le Bizzarie Universali, op.8
» Concerto no.7 'Alla Portugesa'

Scarlatti, Domenico

Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K173
Keyboard Sonata in G major, K13
Keyboard Sonata in G minor, K8

Seixas, Carlos de

Concerto in A major a 4 con vv. e cimbalo obligato
Concerto in G minor a 4 con vv. e cimbalo obligato


Andreas Staier (harpsichord)
Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica Porto


Iberian exoticism with a difference.

This musical journey takes its title from one of William Corbett’s Bizzarie universali, a set of concertos which, in truth, owe much more to the Italian tradition than to the Iberian peninsula.

In the Age of Enlightenment, Portuguese music shared the favours of certain English publishers with its Spanish neighbour; drinking at the inexhaustible source of the Scarlatti sonatas, Charles Avison conceived sumptuous concertos that sound extraordinarily like their contemporary equivalents written at Coimbra by Seixas.

This constant exchange between Iberian chamber music and the eighteenth-century orchestra culminates in an orchestral arrangement of Boccherini’s famous Musica notturna, presented by Andreas Staier in total complicity with the Baroque orchestra of the Casa da Música de Porto.

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