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Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, June 2008

"Thomas Wimmer, the only member of the Ensemble Accentus to be named by Naxos, writes the excellent programme notes to this most enjoyable recording... The Charles V palace is an extraordinary piece of architecture, a circular court in a square building superbly appropriate for music and drama. Cabezon must have known this building intimately. His surviving music however is entirely for keyboard, and on many other recordings where he has so often been anthologised, it is the occasional harpsichord work, which makes an appearance. Normally it is the same pieces like the 'Pavana Italiana', or the 'Diferencias sobre el canto del Caullero'. Yet this palace contained musicians of all types, and that included instrumentalists...

There is no doubt that Naxos Early Music department is striking out into some fascinating areas, and they have found fine musicians to take us into some exciting repertoire. Highly recommended."



MB
Pizzicato, January 2002

"The musicians immerse the listener sometimes in a profound mental repose, sometimes in a very joyous and dynamic ambience. This strongly melodious and frequently virtuosic music is pure velvet for the ears."

("Very Good")



Peter Loewen
American Record Guide, December 2001

"The present release offers a much larger variety of works by Antonio Cabezon than does the older recording. Among the 20 pieces here, one finds divisions and variations (glosas and diferencias) of French chansons and Italian madrigals, Latin hymn tunes and sequences, and dance music, and some freely-composed works known in Spain as tientos. Thomas Wimmer also includes on his program a composition by Antonio's son Hernando--a division of Lasso's chanson 'Susanne ung Jour'--and by his brother Juan--a series of variations on the Castilian song 'Pues a Mi Desconsolado'.

The playing of the Ensemble Accentus is excellent. The sound of the viol consort is gorgeous--rich and well balanced."



Alison Bullock
International Record Review, October 2001

"The recorded sound is good and warm, and generous to the (already heavy) instrumental playing."





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