Galuppi Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2


Catalogue No: DDA 25007
EAN/UPC: 809730500725
Release Date: March 2001
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 62:00

In the second of a series of CD’s containing Galuppi’s sonatas, we present a further nine of these masterpieces. All music lovers should sample these seminal works, which made Galuppi one of the greatest composers of his day; all the more strange that he should have fallen into such obscurity.

Peter Seivewright has spent a good deal of time on a research mission to Venice and other European cities, retrieving the unpublished manuscript scores and preparing performing editions. One of the great revelations brought about by this work is that Galuppi, far from being a straightforward baroque composer writing for the traditional keyboard instruments (harpsichord and clavichord), which have been employed in all previous recordings, actually waited until the piano had been developed before creating most of his phenomenal output. Many of the original manuscripts are titled “Sonata for Pianoforte”, and much of the writing, making substantial use of the sustain pedal, simply do not work on the earlier instruments.

Details for Volume One and for Volume Three.

Track Listing

    Baldasarre Galuppi:

  1. I. Piano Sonata in C major (2A) − Andante (2:48)
  2. II. Piano Sonata in C major (2A) − Allegro (2:26)
  3. I. Piano Sonata in G major (2B) − Andantino (4:13)
  4. II. Piano Sonata in G major (2B) − Presto (3:02)
  5. I. Piano Sonata in F major (2C) − Andantino (6:09)
  6. II. Piano Sonata in F major (2C) − Allegro (2:20)
  7. III. Piano Sonata in F major (2C) − Giga (1:43)
  8. I. Piano Sonata in C minor (2D) − Allegro moderato (3:11)
  9. II. Piano Sonata in C minor (2D) − Allegretto (2:48)
  10. I. Piano Sonata in F major (2E) − Introduction-Arpeggio (2:13)
  11. II. Piano Sonata in F major (2E) − Allegro (3:26)
  12. III. Piano Sonata in F major (2E) − Allegro (2:59)
  13. I. Piano Sonata in D minor (2F) − Allegro (2:27)
  14. II. Piano Sonata in D minor (2F) − Variazioni (1:12)
  15. I. Piano Sonata in D major (2G) − Andante grazioso (3:23)
  16. II. Piano Sonata in D major (2G) − Allegro moderato (3:42)
  17. I. Piano Sonata in B flat major (2H) − Larghetto (5:15)
  18. II. Piano Sonata in B flat major (2H) − Allegro (3:35)
  19. I. Piano Sonata in A major (2I) − Larghetto (2:35)
  20. II. Piano Sonata in A major (2I) − Allegro assai (2:22)


FRMS Bulletin

Peter Seivewright plays with a caressing style which reminds me of Glenn Gould (a pianist whom I admire). He is also clearly a scholar and musical historian of merit as the essays provided by him in the record booklets demonstrate. The CDs are well presented and with excellent notes as indicated in the last paragraph. The one thing that is lacking are notes about the individual pieces. I enjoyed these two volumes and can recommend them to anyone looking for piano music away from the beaten track.

” —Arthur Baker
Penguin Guide To Compact Discs

movements are built often quite imaginatively and always resourcefully.. [Seivewright] is a sensitive artist and obviously enjoys this repertoire, and he communicates this enjoyment to us.


The music could not have a more sophisticated or dedicated advocate. In each sonata [Seivewright] unwraps a musical gift of exquisite beauty

” —Michael Carter
Musical Opinion

well recorded… well played

” —Geoffrey Crankshaw
International Piano Magazine

Absolutely immaculate execution matched by the clarity of the recorded sound… is difficult to imagine this particular repertoire being presented to better advantage

” —Max Harrison
Northern Echo

period charms and delights

” —David Robson

Seivewright is an enthusiastic and accomplished pianist… he plays with great conviction and flair… pleasant listening from first note to last… a top class product… the recording is beyond reproach

” —Gerald Fenech

Baldassare Galuppi was a Venetian who enjoyed a long career as a composer of chamber and keyboard music as well as a great deal of music for the church and stage. A reactionary to the pervading Enlightenment philosophies of his day, Galuppi was heavily influenced by the writings of those who stood in opposition to […]

” —Kevin Sutton