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Soler: Six Concerti for Two Keyboards

Magazine article Gramophone

Soler: Six Concerti for Two Keyboards

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Soler

Six Concerti for Two Keyboards Philippe LeRoy, Jory Vinikour hpds Delos (F) DE3491 (74' * DDD)

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Despite their title, Antonio Soler's Seis Conciertos de dos organos obligados are most definitely works for two harpsichords. All but one made up of a moderate-paced movement of courtly bearing followed by a Minue and variations, they were probably composed around 1770 for Soler to play with his evidently talented pupil the Infante Don Gabriel de Borbon, and with their impeccably equal parts, quick interchanges between phrases and numerous opportunities for ornamentation both instructive and competitive, they were surely intended to be great fun to play.

They make pleasant listening too, showing that elegant poise and sometimes dark Spanish colouring in which Soler can even outdo Scarlatti, as well as a good smattering of the fast stuff; No 2, the only three-movement piece here, covers most of these bases, with an opening Andante of sensitive melodic profile and rich harmonic turns, and a central Allegro that gives the fingers an athletic workout. …

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