PLEASE BEWARE: This box is only available for delivery in the following regions: Europe and the Mediterranean basin. In these challenging times, we will continue to provide you with all the music you need. Please note that UK orders can take between 2-3 weeks to arrive. We regret that delivery to other countries is not possible at this time, orders placed in error will not be shipped.
Alessandro Scarlatti’s Sonate a quattro were published in 1725, the year of his death. With their specific marking ‘senza cembalo’ (without harpsichord), these compositions for two violins, viola and cello appear to be, in a sense, the first string quartets in the modern sense of the term. The programme is completed by a few sonatas by his brother Francesco, the ‘London Scarlatti’, and Alessandro’s son Domenico, who had so thoroughly absorbed the contrapuntal tradition instilled in him by his father that some of his sonatas can also be played in quartet formation.