During his lifetime Francesco Canova da Milano was known as ‘Il Divino’ and was, by all accounts, ‘a miraculous lute player’. He was the most prolific lute composer of his day, even more so than his close contemporary, the Spanish vihuelist and composer, Luis de Milán. Christopher Wilson plays this collection of pieces, including duets with Shirley Rumsey, with a natural and unforced authority. Cultured playing of highly civilized music, recorded with admirable clarity though it is advisable to reduce the level setting to get the most lifelike and natural result.
This record is especially valubale since it contains fabulous biographic notes by Christopher Wilson... Wilson is at his best. His playing is lively, and he brings out the polyphonic structure and shapes the form with great ease and flexibility. The duets are simply fabulous.
8.550774 "Here we have a well-filled disc of superb works by Francesco Canova da Milano the finest composer/lutenist of the first half of the 16th century, played with sympathetic understanding by one of today's outstanding lutenists, who also provides extensive and scholarly notes... it is difficult to imagine what more anyone could possibly want"