Listening to Kirkpatrick playing the harpsichord one is impressed by the rhythmic vitality that he brings to the music, a facet which is of course ideally suited to Scarlatti. Clearly, Kirkpatrick had a phenomenal technique, and the instrument he plays -- by Rainer SchŘtze -- is surprisingly sonorous . . . Kirkpatrick, like Leonhardt, deserves close attention, and this small selection of Scarlatti's output is as convincingly performed as any that one is likely to hear.