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Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, August 2015

ANIMOSO MIO DESIRE - 16th-Century Italian Keyboard Favourites (Wilson) 8.572983
Keyboard Recital: Falcone, Fabio Antonio - CAVAZZONI, M.A. / ANTICO, A. (The Renaissance Keyboard) BC95007

Two discs with largely the same repertoire being recorded for the very first time and being released more or less simultaneously—that is quite a coincidence.

Whatever the reason, the differences didn’t bother me and I have greatly enjoyed both performances. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Giv Cornfield
The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics, February 2015

Keyboard virtuoso Glen Wilson, who unearthed this treasure and plays these little gems con amore on modern replicas of harpsichord and spinet, deserves the highest praise for his labours, and intrepid Naxos for releasing it. The recorded sound leaves nothing to be desired. © 2015 The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

Andrea Antico was a small-time provincial publisher who, in the 16th century, obtained from Pope Leo X the exclusive right to print keyboard music in Italy. Sadly, as Glen Wilson the American harpsichordist relates in the disc’s booklet, Antico’s attempts at printing was in need a proofreader as they were a disaster and require a great deal of work even to be understood. He has undertaken that task, correcting obvious mistakes, while at the same time recreating the music that had been the basis of these arrangements by an unknown hand. As a result we have thirty-three tracks of melodies that would have pleased the pretty young lady on the front cover of Antico’s publication. Some are just a few seconds in length, Wilson not only translating the title of each song to give the gist of the music’s content, but where the words are known, we have them printed in the booklet. At the time they would have been quite sexy songs of love and yearning, Wilson’s layout being well judged to provide ever changing moods. Many are known to have been the work of Bartolomeo Tromboncino, a favourite of Isabella d’Este at the court in Mantua, with Marco Cara and Michele Vincentino also contributing, though the wonderfully vivacious uncredited eleventh track is my favourite—a real charmer. Wilson moves from harpsichord to spinet as he thinks suitable, the result always pleasing in an intimate acoustic. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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