Playing time: 49' 35"
Jordi Savall (bass viol), Ton Koopman (harpsichord, organ), Lorenz Duftschmid (violone), Rolf Lislevand (vihuela), Paolo Pandolfo (bass viol), Andrew Lawrence-King (harp)
Recording site and date:
San Martino, Italy [04/1989];
Rel.: 1990 (E), 02/27/2001 (ES)
 Astrée (Auvidis) E 8500 [CD] España - Anthologie de la Musique espagnole - Anthology of Spanish Music
 Astrée (Auvidis) E 8600 [CDx7] España XVe-XXe - Six siècles de musique espagnole
Diapason (#-p.): 363-178 (september 1990)
Information from CD.
Diego Ortiz published his collection Trattado de Glosas (which includes extensive discussion of performance practice) in 1553. Little is known of his life aside from that date and the fact that he came from Toledo. Despite this obscurity, his recercadas are some of the finest instrumental music of the 16th century, and his publication was a landmark.
Ortiz' works are highly illuminating from a purely musical point of view, as well as being unusual in that it is often scored for solo viol with harpsichord or organ accompaniment.
An older LP:
Although his year of birth is unknown, Ortiz was apparently a close contemporary of both Antonio de Cabezón and Luys de Narvaez, two of the other Spanish pioneers of instrumental music. A recording devoted to Cabezón:
And a recording devoted to Narvaez' vihuela music:
A couple of recordings of instrumental music from Spain, from this period and beyond:
Finally, a recording devoted to Ortiz's vocal music:
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