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16 Scarlatti Sonatas

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Audio CD, February 13, 2007
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listen  1. Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K.27/L.449/P.83 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Keyboard Sonata in F minor, K.466/L.118/P.501 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.461/L.8/P.324 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.1/L.366/P.57 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Keyboard Sonata in A minor, K.54/L.241/P.147 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.113/L.345/P.160 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Keyboard Sonata in F minor, K.481/L.187/P.504 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Keyboard Sonata in E minor, K.198/L.22/P.132 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.208/L.238/P.315 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.209/L.428/P.209 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.491/L.164/P.484 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.492/L.14/P.443 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.64/L.58/P.33 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Keyboard Sonata in F sharp minor, K.25/L.481/P.81 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.9/L.413/P.65 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Keyboard Sonata in E major, K.380/L.23/P.483 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Joanna Leach
  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Athene
  • ASIN: B000IAZN68
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eloi on May 29, 2010
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Joanna Leach begins with a surprisingly harsh, hammered performance of the harmonic middleground of the high-low melodic lines of K 27. But the rest of the album is excellent. The selections--Leach's "personal favourites"--are drawn from the informal canon of 100 or so best known Scarlatti sonatas, and with the exception of K 466, she takes both repeats. She doesn't vary these repeats with filled-in scale passages or added ornaments, yet she still manages to avoid the cookie-cutter repetition of artists like Pogorelich. Tempos, phrasing, even the entire character may differ in Leach's repeats. K 113 is a good example, and it is also refreshing to hear this sonata played not slowly, but slowly enough for the phrasing, the sense of dialog of the widely hand-crossed lines, to sing out.

Sometimes her tempos are too much the same, a sort of all-purpose allegro. I'm guessing that K 1, the first of the only sonata collection published by Scarlatti in his lifetime, was intended to be played brilliantly--Leach is a little stodgy.

But in most of the sonatas the phrasing is clear and sometimes surprising without sounding merely eccentric (like Pletnev!). The recorded sound is excellent.

And the booklet is a model of what such things should be, with three pages of program notes by Leach and a fair description of the Stodart square grand and of the role such instruments filled in the Jane Austen age. Even better is a photo of the instrument clear enough so that one doesn't have to speculate on its range. There is also a fine photo of Leach at the keyboard--not a mug shot!--on the back of the album.

Leach's performance of K 466 ranks with Emilia Fadini's, two masterful yet quite different recordings of this edgy sonata. The same could be said of L and F's respective albums: two artists dealing Scarlatti masterpieces with verve on early 19th-century pianos.
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