Ortiz: Recercadas por viol

Ortiz: Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas
Jordi Savall, et al.
Astrée 8717

This is the supreme southern European viol music of the period, at least in the serious genres. The performance is excellent, showing its full potential. The viol stands out at all times, apparently in keeping with the music's nature. Accompaniment is also fairly good.

While not quite as compelling as the English consort repertory, this music also presents several features of value. It is certainly the finest example of solo instrument against accompaniment of the period, and the carefully prepared range of contrapuntal ideas is highly stimulating.

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Todd M. McComb