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This showcase recording features a varied mix of repertoire from the Italian harpsichordist Anna Paradiso. A selection of toccatas includes the last movement of Alessandro Scarlatti’s ‘Toccata VII, Primo tono’. ‘Toccata per Cembalo d’Ottava stesa’, a rippling Folia showpiece played here with commanding bravura. Son Domenico’s Sonata K141, with its barrage of repeated notes, makes an arresting opening track before we are whizzed into the twentieth century for Walter Leigh`s 1934 Concertino. Despite the stylistic jolt, it’s a welcome opportunity to hear this rarely performed work, recorded afresh with much eloquence. Partnering it, J. S. Bach’s F minor Concerto reveals an expressive, cantabile touch in the central movement. A real understanding and sympathy with her instrument makes three d’Anglebert D minor movements a highlight, while Royer’s dramatic Le Vertigo brings the listener full circle. There is much to admire here with highly characterised performances.

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