The Scarlatti’s Sphere

18 September 2021

Duo Recital ‘The Scarlatti’s Sphere

Domenico Scarlatti and Musical Italophilia in 18th century London

Masumi Yamamoto, a London-based acclaimed harpsichordist, returned to Otley Baroque to showcase her brilliant virtuosity on early keyboard instrument, harpsichord.

In 1739, Thomas Roseingrave published 42 Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti -the most influential and virtuosic harpsichordist in Naples- in London. They became hugely popular and many composers based in Britain were inspired by his music.

In this recital, Masumi presented the works by this Italian giant and the rarity of British composers with her excellent dexterity. Especially the piece by Elizabetta Gamberini, the first female composer who published her own harpsichord solo works in England, raised a great impression on the audience.

Teamed up with Asuka Sumi on baroque violin, the duo traced the same fashion by the violinist-composers in 18th century London from little known Richard Jones to popular Corelli’s La Folia.


Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) : Sonata I in A Major from Op.1

Thomas Roseingrave (1690/91-1766) : Introduction

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) : Sonata in D Major, K.21

James Nares (1715-1783) : Lesson IV in F Major

Richard Jones (1680-1744) : Suite No.4 in A Minor from Chamber Air Op.1

Domenico Scarlatti : Sonata in D Major, K.33

Elisabetta de Gambarini (1731-1765) : Menuet and Variations in A Major

Domenico Scarlatti : Sonatas in D Minor, K.9 & Sonatas in D Minor, K.10

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) : La Follia Op.5 No.12


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