Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Friday Phonograph

Alexis Weissenberg Plays a Personal Scarlatti Favorite

by Anne French

I fell in love with this Scarlatti Sonata (K 87) many, many years ago when it appeared on a vinyl LP recording of the wonderful guitar duo, Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya. I played that recording every night as I rocked my infant son to sleep, and of course the baby slept very peacefully as a result. Since then I have listened to several other interpretations of K 87, but I never heard pianist Alexis Weissenberg's performance before today. (Actually I haven't heard Alexis Weissenberg at all in quite a long time.) So for me this Friday's Phonograph choice is a double delight... my favorite Scarlatti exquisitely played by yet another great artist. Here's wishing you a lovely beginning to great weekend.

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