The Chilean harpsichordist Catalina Vicens celebrates the four hundredth anniversary of this important Music publication on her debut album. To make the already diverse collection even more colorful, the music is played on six different instruments (from the Bad Krozingen collection of instruments), of which, three are originals from the 17th Century. Enjoy this colorful bouquet of early harpsichord music, performed on harpsichord, virginal, and Muselaar Spinettino, just as it was four centuries ago, when the royal couple listened to these pieces for relaxation and entertainment.
"... Vicen’s playing is unhurried, even in the galliards, but she maintains the music’s spring and momentum through eloquently spread chords and rhythmic inflections, her timing of the tumbling flourishes that climax certain sections brings both controlled and effective releases of tension... The sound of this CD is also a treat... although Rebeka Rusò adds her own fine musicianship to the mix, this is ultimately Vicen’s project, and a worthy one too."
Lindsay kemp - Gramophone magazine - October 2013
"... thoughtful and persuasive performances." ****
Katharine May - Early Music Today magazine - September-November 2013
"... All in all this is a very imaginative recording which is well worth obtaining in this anniversary year."
Noel O’Reagan - Early Music Review - August 2013