Galuppi: Keyboard Sonatas Volume 3 (Matteo Napoli) (Naxos: 8.572672)
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Known as Il Buranello after his island birthplace of Burano, opera composer Baldassare Galuppi
was also admired as a keyboard player. His sonatas are quiet, refined gems of the utmost elegance and lyricism, with expressive contrasts ranging from poignant operatic aria style movements to the energetic influence of Scarlatti. This selection includes late works from the Passatempo al Cembalo
. Matteo Napoli
has been praised for his "enviable poise"
(International Record Review
) in volume 1 (8.572263) and "finely nuanced"
) in volume 2 (8.572490).