In a program that focused on often-played music, [Libor Novacek] showed a distinctive musical personality. He opened with the most familiar of Domenico Scarlatti's hundreds of sonatas, L. 413 in D Minor, and gave it a special spring and bounce, phrasing crisply like a harpsichord, with a differentiation of voices in the left and right hands, characteristic of the older instrument. His Mozart flowed, as the composer once said it should, "like oil." The opening chords of the [Beethoven] came like a shock - the beginning of a new musical world - after the 18th-century gracefulness of Scarlatti and Mozart.
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