Willaert: Musica Nova

Willaert: Complete Works, Volume 7
Willaert and his circle
Ricercari da Musica Nova (1540)
Lorenzini / Negri / Villani / Azzarelli
Stradivarius 33355

This publication demonstrates the earliest style of Italian keyboard music, dominated by Willaert and his associates. Many of the pieces are quite interesting, and the whole effort has a freshness about it. This is prior to a truly idiomatic keyboard style, but the polyphonic thinking is correspondingly more advanced.

The performances are appealing. They combine intelligent and sensitive phrasing with technical execution and an original & exciting choice of instruments. Although I might generally like the ensemble performances on various consort instruments, which this music admits, it seems to me to fit naturally on the keyboard.

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Todd M. McComb