Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the Eden Stell Duo’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice. In this album, they present a stunning selection of ten of Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas, showing the fire, elegance, and wit that make Scarlatti a favourite of harpsichordists, pianists, and guitarists alike. These arrangements for guitar duo by Mark Eden, Sergio Abreu, and Stephen Dodgson make superb use of the guitar’s warmth and subtlety of touch, which, together with the understated virtuosity of the Eden Stell Duo, brings a tangible immediacy of sound and colour to the listener.
Mark Eden and Cris Stell, guitar
Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
1. Sonata K141 (arr. Sergio Abreu) 4:00
2. Sonata K115 (arr. Mark Eden). 7:11
3. Sonata K116 (arr. Mark Eden). 4:02
4. Sonata K466 (arr. Sergio Assad). 8:16
5. Sonata K474 (arr. Mark Eden). 6:31
6. Sonata K475 (arr. Mark Eden). 5:08
7. Sonata K 87 (arr. Mark Eden). 6:43
8. Sonata K545 (arr. Mark Eden). 3:37
9. Sonata K144 (arr. Mark Eden). 4:25
10. Sonata K 516 (arr. Stephen Dodgson). 7:31
Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have ‘breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar’ (Rotterdam Dagblad). The duo were the first guitarists since Julian Bream to be Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine with their ‘landmark recording’ of works by Stephen Dodgson. They have recorded 7 CDs to date on BSG, Hannsler Classics, and Docker labels, and are dedicatees of new works by Internationally acclaimed composers Stephen Dodgson, Adam Gorb, Dusan Bogdanovic, Gary Ryan, and Johannes Moller. They are also artistic directors of the Winchester Guitar Festival and the hugely popular World Youth Guitar Festival, the only classical guitar festival in the world dedicated to young players with over 200 students attending from over 15 countries as far afield as the USA and Australia.