This music continues to be impressive, and this program shows Cabezón's most significant keyboard pieces systematically. These works have a magical combination of grace & strength, with aspects of the learned counterpoint of Willaert together with the un-selfconsciousness of the next generation of Italians. The combination of solidity & subtlety makes them perhaps most comparable to the output of Byrd in overall effect.
I am essentially prejudiced toward the harpsichord, so a recital featuring it is definitely a positive. Beyond that, the present performance is well-researched and consistently articulated, capturing many aspects of these works to fine effect. This recording immediately establishes itself as a significant issue, even if the trio arrangements have a continuing appeal. Some other issues feature comparable performances, but this is the most appealing program, and the most idiomatic with its use of the Flemish harpsichord.
To instrumental listTodd M. McComb