Christopher Wilson plays these pieces very well, notably the lively items like The Fairy Round and Wanton, with Muy Linda a highlight. But he does not penetrate the inner core of the ruminative pieces as touchingly as Jacob Heringman. However, there is not too much duplication here and this inexpensive Naxos disc is well worth obtaining for the coupled repertoire (including duets) by Holborne’s contemporary, Thomas Robinson.
Thomas Robinson taught the future Queen Anne in Denmark before she married King James. He liked to write and play duets with his pupils and the ‘Goodnight’ here is obviously addressed to her. All the duets here are delightful, particularly Twenty Ways upon the Bells with its two players ingeniously ringing the changes. The solo pieces, too, are full of character, notably the melancholy solo Toy, worthy of Dowland. But Robinson has a personality in his own right and it is good to have his music rediscovered. Christopher Wilson and his pupil Shirley Rumsey play everything intimately and spontaneously, readily conveying their pleasure in the music. They are truthfully recorded (not too close) in a pleasant acoustic.