To many people the high point of baroque keyboard writing, Scarlatti's sonatas are invariably played on harpsichord. Joanna Leach allows a different aspect of the music to show through on the less percussive, but equally 'authentic' square piano - here a Stodart instrument of 1823, made within 70 years of the composer's death.
outstanding musical and technical quality...Joanna Leach's versatility and intelligence is made clear... the thoughtful balance of Leach s playing is striking... these interpretations present the sonatas free from artificial drama or even technical awkwardness. --Klassik
Leach's performances are characterised by clarity of thought and texture; they are intimate, measured, satisfying. Good modern recorded sound, and Divine Art's usual crisp presentation --Musical Pointers
Joanna Leach gives us playing that is intensely and exquisitely expressive. Her response to melodic shape and harmonic meaning, her delicacy of touch and total commitment to the piano she has chosen is outstanding. Here is a performer who is immersed in the music of that period, and she casts a persuasive light upon some of the rarer, slower sonatas. Joanna opens our ears in quite a fresh way to the often overlooked, fragile beauty of the treasures within --The Consort