on 16 June 2011
Brilliant: in choice of works, particularly in performances. The alternating dreamy, urgent, melancholy moods are well characterised, and the 'finish' on the playing is superb. Why are these works not better known, and these recordings not more widely applauded?
on 8 May 2006
Scarlatti wrote more than 500 sonatas for keyboard, and this album gives the flavour of the range of his genius. We get the fire and brilliance that we normally expect from Scarlatti, but also his extraordinary poignancy and meditative sweetness. Joanna MacGregor's playing is superb; she brings exactly those qualities of delicacy and power which the music demands. I cannot think of a better introduction to Scarlatti's music.
on 17 July 2007
Not one of my favourite versions. Tempos seem sometimes disorganised, dynamics are crude (and often inappropriately violent), and there's little approach to cantabile. But then I prefer 'classical' interpretations -- Queffelec, Lewin.