K. LONG Scarlatti: Sixteen Keyboard Sonatas (1950-52) - PAKM021

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K. LONG Scarlatti: Sixteen Keyboard Sonatas (1950-52) - PAKM021

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SCARLATTI  Sixteen Keyboard Sonatas

Recorded: 1950-52
Duration 47:02

Kathleen Long, piano

This set contains the following albums:

Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas have been very well represented here with the many volumes of harpsichord recordings made by Fernando Valenti. Here is an alternative take on sixteen of his sonatas, this time played on the piano and sounding and feeling quite different to their harpsichord cousins.

As with a number of Kathleen Long's recordings at the time, her interpretations of Scarlatti were not too well received. This I think can be put down to rather poor sound quality; it appears that a good number of these sonatas were recorded earlier for 78rpm release, and sound quality was rather variable, something we've aimed to rectify here. Surface quality was also poor on the second of our two LPs, apparently a pressing problem rather than a worn disc.

However, thanks to the wonders of modern digital restoration techniques, we are now able to present these rather fabulous recordings as they should have sounded over fifty years ago, and add further to the revived reputation of an almost forgotten pianist. Take a listen to our sample piece and delight again in Ms. Long's wonderful playing!

Andrew Rose


  • Sonata in A major - L.45, Kk.62 (2'59") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in Bb major - L.46, Kk.47 (4'41") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in D major - L.265, Kk.45 (3'28") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in G major - L.209, Kk.455 (1'53") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in G major - L.129, Kk.201 (2'28") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in C# major - L.256, Kk.247 (2'52") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in D major - L.14, Kk.492 (4'14") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in F major - L.119, Kk.366 (3'35") (rec. 12/11/50)
  • Sonata in A major - L.292, Kk.457 (3'17") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)
  • Sonata in F minor - L.382, Kk.69 (1'51") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)
  • Sonata in E minor - L.325, Kk.98 (2'56") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)
  • Sonata in F# minor - L.294, Kk.447 (2'49") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)
  • Sonata in C minor - L.10, Kk.84 (2'54") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)
  • Sonata in A minor - L.223, Kk.532 (2'04") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)
  • Sonata in Eb minor - L.142, Kk.193 (4'25") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)
  • Sonata in D major - L.315, Kk.137 (3'37") (rec. 6/11/51 or 9/1/52)


First LP issue 1951 & 1952 on Decca 10-inch LPs LM4541 & LX3073
Duration 47:02

Kathleen Long, piano