Musical Opinion

Jill Crossland proves herself a keyboard player of conspicuous quality, She is playing a fortepiano by Jirikowsky built in 1824. It is almost a pianoforte but not quite. On this disc it carries a thrilling sound. In four Preludes and Fugues from Book I of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Crossland gives lucid yet powerful interpretations. A higher quality of sound and articulation is maintained in the splendid Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906. In the Third English Suite BWV 808 Crossland’s lively sense of rhythm produces a sense of exhilaration.

Handel’s mighty Chaconne in G, HWV 435 is played with great conviction. This is a masterly performance following the composer’s powerful thinking with irresistible force. Scarlatti’s witty E major Sonata KK 380 provides a lively contrast. The whole programme can be recommended with confidence. Divine Art’s recording quality is superb.

—Geoffrey Crankshaw