It is a wonderfully virtuosic variation on one of the most popular songs of the era. The first six works on the program come from the famous Thysius Lute Book, consisting of more than 900 lute pieces. The repetive form of the piece offers many opportunities for virtuosic elaboration through the addition of scales. The music of the English is actually well represented on the program. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide
This disc brings together pieces by some of the best lute composers of the early 17th century.
Anthony Bailes is one of the veterans of the renaissance and baroque lute, and has many superb recordings to his name. This CD is another gem, showing the full power of his musicianship. He catches the character of every single piece perfectly. The depth of Van den Hove’s Pauan Lachrimae comes off just as well as the lightness and whit of Daer is een Leeuwerck doot ghevallen. His articulation and subtle treatment of dynamics contribute to the communication of this repertoire. The recording has exactly the amount of intimacy which this repertoire needs. In short, a delightful disc. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review