GIOVANNI BENEDETTO PLATTI: Sonatas for Harpsichord: No. 6 in E Major, No. 7 in F Major, No. 8 in C minor, No. 9 in G Major (Vol. 2 of complete sonatas) – Filippo Emanuele Ravizza, harpsichord – Concerto/MusicMedia CD2030, 1:15:33 [Distr. by Naxos] *****:
The lovely packaging of this disc calls attention to the pleasures to be found inside. It has the outside cardboard sleeve over the standard jewelbox, with the little Italian holographic sticker on the back. All those concerned seem to have three names, and the cover art of a still life is striking. It also says “64-bit recording” on the front and back; I have no idea what that means since it is a standard 44.1K/16bit CD, but the instrument’s sound is among the best I’ve ever heard on a standard CD of harpsichord.
Platti was very important in the 18th century musical world. His style moves between Vivaldi and Corelli, with attempts to occasionally move his Baroque structures into the more modern language of the Classic period. His keyboard works may have been a model for the early works of both Haydn and Mozart. He wrote a dozen harpsichord concertos and 28 cello concertos as well as many sacred works.
All but the last of these four sonatas are in four movements. The music has great vivacity and rhythmic interest and sometimes reminded me of Domenico Scarlatti. Even the slow movements shine with sophisticated and sometimes unexpected harmonic development.
– John Sunier