I also can't help feeling that Ms Joshua is playing the fortepiano with a modern piano technique. The differences in colour which are so characteristic of the fortepiano are hardly explored.
To sum up: an interesting programme has been spoilt by the wrong choice of instrument and an interpretation which doesn't explore the emotional depth of Carl Philipp Emanuel's keyboard works.' Having listened to this particular disc myself, I couldn't disagree more. Her sensitivity is just right for the music and I could easily elucidate but for space here. A glance at her website reviews will surfice that demonstrates the wealth of approval.If readers accept Mr Veen's comments at face value, they will unfortunately be denied the immense pleasure that this disc exudes. In a recent review of Joanna Leach he stated that, 'Many pianists play his [Scarlatti] sonatas on the concert grand which is historically unfounded and musically unsatisfying.'This is simply not true and I find this not only an ill-informed remark, but extremely insulting to the many great pianists who have recorded his works. Remarks such as this tend to devalue the integrity of the reviewer. There is a way to state one's views and sadly, Mr Veen comes across as a rather dogmatic and unfriendly character whose views are not to be questioned.
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