Musical Opinion

This well recorded disc offers a generous view of a Venetian composer once thought to be a serious rival to Vivaldi. He had what was a long life in those days. Born in 1706 and dying in 1785, Galuppi turned out a wealth of music in all the fashionable forms.

Here we have a representative selection of keyboard sonatas. These are more extensive than the single movement works of Domenico Scarlatti, but the individual pieces lack the character and sparkling invention so typical of Scarlatti. However the disc fills a gap, and the music is well played by Peter Seivewright.

—Geoffrey Crankshaw