DOMENICO SCARLATTI - An Italian in Spain
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Eighteen Sonatas played by Jane Clark (harpsichord)
"Jane Clark spices her Scarlatti recital with an expert knowledge
of Spanish folk music. Her programme succeeds in illustrating
Scarlatti's range of emotion and style".
BBC Music Magazine, July 2000. more reviews
Jane Clark's interest in Spanish folk music began when, as a
student, she worked for the distinguished folklorist Lucile Armstrong.
In 1974 she was invited to do a programme, 'Scarlatti and Spain',
for the BBC Third Programme. The critic in 'The Listener' described
it as 'revelatory... as convincing as it was fascinating.'
Invitations from the American Musicological Society, the English
Bach Festival and the Festival Estival in Paris followed. Recitals.
lectures, articles, and summer courses on both sides of the Atlantic
are a regular part of her career. In 1985, the 300th. anniversary
of the composer's birth, she was invited to take part in Scarlatti
festivals in Amsterdam and (at the invitation of the late Scott
Ross) Nice. In 1998 she was invited to give the Keynote Lecture
on Scarlatti and a recital at the joint meeting of the South Eastern
and Mid Western Historical Keyboard Societies of America at Fort Worth. With her chamber
music group Janiculum she has recorded arias from Scarlatti's
operas Narciso and the recently discovered Tolomeo e Alessandro.
The programme is chosen to illuminate the Spanish influence on
Italian style and to highlight the problems of establishing a
chronology. Spanish sonatas are played beside Italian Sonatas
and the ornamentation and rhythmic alterations of folk musicians
are used in the Spanish Sonatas.
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