8 Sonatas

duodef200x2768 SONATAS 

by Domenico Scarlatti, for 2 guitars

Arranged by Eugène Den Hoed

Muziekuitgeverij Iduna. 44pp (score only)

For the scholars amongst you the Longo numbers of the eight are 15,103,187,188,343,388,413 and 428. It is a source of amazement to me how often the Baroque period’s music fits so well on guitars, and there have been many previous instances of publications also cherry picking from Scarlatti’s vast oeuvre.

This latest book is no exception as all eight feel like guitar works and fit very well under the fingers and exhibit a wide contrast in style and feel; from the movingly harmonised L187 an Andante Cantabile (here in E minor) to the rip-roaring Vivace that is L188 (here in F major).

It is churlish to pick out any individual pieces here, as they are all superbly transformed onto the two guitars; and yes, they are difficult to play with the right amount of speed and finesse but with more than a little effort are definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

Chris Dumigan – Classical Guitar Magazine