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Domenico SCARLATTI - Harpsichord Sonata K 159
Last post Sun, Jun 21 2020 by Philippe BAYLAC, 5 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Jun 06 2020 17:59
by Philippe BAYLAC
Joined on Thu, Sep 01 2011, France, Posts 333


It's not usual to find the opportunity to listen solo instrument music on the forum. Therefore, I decided to make a small exception today with this Scarlatti sonata played on the superbly sampled harpsichord of the VSL. The harpsichord, an instrument very rich in harmonics and particularly difficult to sample. 

Scarlatti - sonata K 159



Posted on Sun, Jun 07 2020 10:20
Joined on Tue, May 22 2012, Posts 367
I enjoyed very much listening to it. Beautiful sound, beautiful performance. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on Wed, Jun 10 2020 19:22
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 94

A truly delightful rendition- bravo Philippe.

Agreed that VSL have done a fine job in sampling this instrument. I can't tell: are there velocity-dependendent release samples?

I bought an EXS24 single-manual harpsichord sample set (with velocity-dependent release samples) from Spain a while back. It has a beautifully dramatic and colourful sound but includes very noisy lever action which I managed to tame somewhat with high-pass filtering. I've been thinking about buying this VSL sample set because I fancy a dual-manual instrument; you've pretty much made up my mind for me now - I want it!

Posted on Fri, Jun 19 2020 08:44
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Belgium, Posts 594

Hi Philippe,

Fantastic performance and such a sweet, polished sound of the VSL harpsichord. I love the basses and their rich sonority!


compositions and sampling exercises
Posted on Sun, Jun 21 2020 00:02
by Philippe BAYLAC
Joined on Thu, Sep 01 2011, France, Posts 333

Thanks Jos, it's nice of you.

Nice instrument indeed, i am just wondering why they sampled just one 8' alone (seems to be the front one) and not the other one. It's really a huge lack for  harpsichordist because the sound of the upper keyboard is very different. Maybe Paul could give us the answer....


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