For his fourth Erato album of harpsichord music, Jean Rondeau turns to Domenico Scarlatti and some 20 of the often-dazzling sonatas that the Neapolitan composer wrote during his years at the royal court in Madrid. These compact, often dazzling works are not sonatas in the complex, multi- movement form that became so dominant in the Classical and Romantic eras. Rather, they are structured in two tightly-defined sections, often dance-like in spirit.!
Imbued with the spirit of the dance, they are works that Rondeau uses “to tell a story for the people who will listen to an album from beginning to end … An artist must consider how he tells his story, how he can stimulate the public’s curiosity.”!