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JOANNA LEACH (square piano)

Joanna Leach presents a second selection of sonatas, and the lovely Capriccio. These works are played on a Stodart square piano of 1823 and the CD is therefore a genuine reconstruction of the sort of sound heard when these works were new and contemporary. The instrument was restored by Andrew Lancaster.

playing time: 71:09
direct sale price:  £8.50
audio  sample:  Sonata in F : Finale
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Sonata in D major, Hob XVI:37
Sonata in C sharp minor, Hob.XVI:36
Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:23
Sonata in E minor, Hob.XVI:34
Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI:51
Capriccio in G major, Hob. XVII:1

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“… listening to this CD at home is as close as most people get to the ideal of experiencing an authentic sound in an authentic context. Joanna Leach’s playing is characterful and tasteful. There is no sense of superficial showiness, and plenty of good musicianship which brings these pieces to life in a most convincing way and exploits the sound of the piano very effectively” - Early Music News
“One cannot but enjoy this disc, for its multitude of colours and emotions, for the true joy that Joanna Leach brings to this great music.” -  Kirk McElhearn (MusicWeb)
“Leach plays cleanly and affectingly… It is to her credit that there is no wide gulf between her playing and these fixtures of the modern virtuoso stage... Very fine performances of Haydn keyboard music on attractive instruments” – Paul Shoemaker (Musicweb)
“Charles Burney wrote of Haydn, ‘There are painted on his countenance all the genius, goodness, propriety, benevolence and rectitude which constantly characterise his writings'. I believe that Joanna Leach has displayed all these qualities in her interpretations.” – Penelope Cave (The Consort)