Superb playing, but....,
This review is from: Bach;the Well (Audio CD)
The playing is superb, and Gustav Leonhardt's reputation is not for nothing but...
There is a rather uncompromising harshness in the instrument he plays and in its tuning temperament, both of which detract from some of the more emotional content of many of Bach's pieces and conveys sometimes a mechanistic feeling to the music. Listen for example to the particularly chromatic and emotionally intense 24th fugue.
For these reasons I have sympathy for some of the piano versions of these glorious works which, possibly, arguably, have scope for expressing the nuances in this music that surpasses the harpsichord, albeit anachronistically.
Having said this I am also still looking for a harpsichord version that has the best of these two worlds, and I suspect at the moment that the Kenneth Gilbert interpretation is it, for the above reasons ....