Ferdinando Richardson was a remarkable figure in the history of English music. As Groom of the Privy Chamber he held one of the most prestigious political offices at the court of Elizabeth I and is thought to have overseen the compilation of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. The outstanding virtuosity of his few surviving works suggests not only that he himself was a supremely accomplished performer but that his music embodies the best qualities of his probable teachers, Thomas Tallis and John Bull. This recording concludes with a fascinating selection of rare works by his contemporaries.
Music ***** (Excellent) Sound **** (Very Good)
Matthias Hengelbrock - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - September 2014
"Naxos and Wilson are to be complicated on this attractive recording which explores some of the byways of the English virginal repertory.. Wilson plays with clarity and is well up to the considerable virtuosity required in the Bull-like figurations... We are not told what instrument he is playing on but it sounds well in this music and is well recorded with a good bass sound.
Noel O’Regan - Early Music Review - 160 - June 2014