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This is truly imaginative programming, stunningly delivered. The idea of juxtaposing pure Scarlatti with later pianists’ arrangements/transcriptions is a stimulating one, and Joseph Moog delivers his recital with great verve. His articulation is beautifully clean in the originals (though the recording is a touch pingy on top). Hearing the charming beginning of Kk247 after the Tausig take on Kk12 is like stepping out of a smoky room into an Alpine pasture. On one level, the inclusion of the more complex later arrangements enables the originals to act as fresheners between courses; on another level, one can marvel again at Scarlatti’s bejeweled concision. The central offering (its placement is perfectly planned) is Gieseking’s Chaconne (on Kk32), which takes Scarlatti right into the world of the huge Bach/Busoni transcriptions. Moog brings it to a stunning climax; the D major Kk96 we hear next zips along in festive spirits, the contrast encapsulating the very spirit of this disc.

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