Thanks everyone for the comments!
Very clean, patient playing, as always.
This version has alot of notes that differ from most of the vesions ive heard
of this piece.
I wonder, how these situations are treated. Where do you get these note changes? Do you change them yourself?
Are there different transcriptions? Is there one definitive transcription that is exactly what Scarlatti wrote?
Sure there are different transcriptions for guitar. Scarlatti wrote for harpsichord. The first problem comes from the fact that we
have to drop the right hand part one octave lower, but we cannot drop the left hand part one octave because it would fall below
the range. The result is that in some places the lower part goes above the higher part (or vice versa)). The second problem is that some things just
cannot be played, left hand cannot reach some lower notes while playing some upper melodies, or chords contain too many notes. So, we have to change things. How to do it, is the challenge. If you try to be as accurate as possible, you probably end up with very difficult version to play. Making good transcriptions that are faithful enough for the score, follow the period rules well enough (in places you have to change something) and are nicely playable also by less advanced player is a huge challenge.
In this particular piece, if you compare my transcription and some other guitar transcriptions to the original, you might find that I'm closer to the original in some spots. Partly because the 7th string adds some possibilities (like fretting low E at 7th fret), and partly because I made different choices (to which I could give reasons if they were questioned) in some places. And my version is also a bit harder to play than some other versions I've seen, for example Duarte's or Jan-Olof Eriksson's.
I think you're a world class guitarist, but at the risk of being lynched by my fellow Delcampers, i would say, there
is something a bit "cold" or slightly "sterile" about your recordings. Hard to put my finger on it. Also, i notice many of your interpretations
are a bit slower than im used to hearing. Though that aspect, is growing on me as i listen to more of your stuff.
I own your CD, and i think its excellent.
Thank you for blessing us with countless works of art.
You are a master of the instrument.
You started a thread about the endless praises and lack of criticism in this forum. I agree you in that, although I understand the reasons why people mostly give positive feedback, especially for beginners. I do not mind negative comments, because having only positive comments voids the meaning of them. How do you know what is good food if you never have tasted bad food?
About the tempos... when I was younger, I was known of playing everything fast, some times too fast. I don't know what has happened, I've probably got old. But I do have one theory: when you don't know what to do to a passage of music, you tend to play it fast through to get over it. Not a valid general rule, but applies to some cases, and often to extreme rubatos where you just rush passages in the name of "espressivo" and "rubato". I call those senseless rubatos. To me, every note is important, the beauty of the music starts from the single note, extends to small motives, then to phrases, and finally to bigger forms. Maybe that's why I play some pieces slower today. I also approach the music differently than in the past. In place of listening to other guitarists play this Sonata, for example, I listened good harpsichordists play it.
But that does not mean I play everything slowly...