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Benjamin Katz
American Record Guide, November 2013

We are fortunate that some music by the gifted Juan survives. Wilson makes a strong case for the Cabezons’ music. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

James A. Altena
Fanfare, November 2013

There is a subtle suppleness of the phrasing, and slight but telling agogic touches to rhythms and accents, that…makes the pieces spring to life with far greater expressiveness. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2013

Blind at birth, Antonio de Cabezón’s role in music was to establish the keyboard as a solo instrument that shared an equal status to the vocal polyphony of the time. He was just fifteen when appointed to the role of keyboardist to the wife of the emperor Charles V, and remained in Spanish royal employment for the remainder of his life. That his music was placed on paper was largely the work of his brother, Juan, while its eventual appearance in print was due to the dedication of Antonio’s son, Hernando. He gathered together for publication a large collection of his father’s music, though the Glosas was not part of them, and remained undiscovered until the 1970’s. It was proof of the attitude towards such catchpenny music that existed during his lifetime. They were, in fact, elaborate ‘arrangements’ of songs for solo keyboard, a musical form that two hundred years later was to find much favour, but was frowned upon in Cabezón’s lifetime, and to an extent that his son thought best to hide them away. For much of this preamble I am indebted to the disc’s soloist, Glen Wilson, whose informative programme notes are an example in the art of writing an interesting backdrop. He then goes on to inform the reader of Hernando who succeeded his father at the Royal Court. In both cases their music is extremely elaborate, and not only shows the quality of father and son as virtuosos of the instrument, but asks us to contemplate the difficulty that Hernando must have faced in the task of writing down the music his father was composing. As with his previous discs of Antonio de Cabezón, I have enjoyed the fluidity of Wilson’s playing, and his clarity in the most complex ornamentation. The recorded sound takes us close to the instrument, but is largely free of action noise. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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