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Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, September 2017

The playing is fine and the recording excellent. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2017

This most recent edition in the complete keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti is a collection of eighteen of his very shortest scores encompassed in one movement. Without again labouring the point, no matter how the performers might try, they cannot recreate the sound the composer would have heard when they were originally conceived on the harpsichord. The saving grace here is the fact that the writing for this group of sonatas composed between 1754 and 1757 does not call for the left hand pungency possible from the early keyboard. I suspect that the American pianist, Sean Kennard, belongs to the participants in this series of discs whose aim was to recreate the composer’s era with little use of the pedal. Though difficult to express in words, the recorded sound rather undermines this approach, his nimble right hand made to sound rather splashy, instead of the crispness we heard, for instance, in the previous volume from Duanduan Hao. There, Hao had the benefit of a UK originated recording of impeccable quality that greatly aided his dry and staccato approach. My previous encounter with Kennard came in his relatively short appearance in the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, when I was most impressed with his approach to Johann Sebastian Bach, and despite my reservations, you have on this disc his innate feeling for Baroque music. In summary, I commend these very happy and sprightly performances to those who can accept a modern version of Scarlatti. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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