This CD is a recording of a live concert given at Restoration House, Rochester, on the 1824 Jirikowsky fortepiano. A fine recital by a recognised baroque specialist.
“Jill Crossland has the ability to present Baroque and early Classical music with a depth of response that brings it alive and to make it timeless… it is quite a shock to encounter Crossland playing a fortepiano. Plenty of Crossland magic to be savoured.”
“Crossland’s playing is highly demonstrative with powerful bass strokes, strongly articulated phrasing and incisive accenting. She provides an exceptional performance [of the English Suite]… a confident interpretation of storytelling proportion. The disc is highly rewarding and especially recommended to fortepiano enthusiasts”
“The English Suite receives an expository treatment, with the lucid phrasing emphasized by crisp articulation and well-placed agogic accents. The Scarlatti Sonata is particularly well characterized. Crossland really cuts loose [in the Handel], with a performance full of intensity and, at times, real pathos”
“This engaging live recital grabbed and held our attention… fresh rhythmic liveliness, telling agogics and a predominantly light articulation… has given unique pleasure and satisfaction”
“Thrilling sound… lucid yet powerful interpretations [of the Bach]… masterly performance [of the Handel]… the whole programme can be recommended with confidence. Divine Art’s recording quality is superb.”