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Published in Rome in 1553 Tratado de Glosas, by Spanish composer and viol player Diego Ortiz, is a remarkable book of pieces for viola da gamba and mixed accompaniment, chiefly a keyboard instrument (here, Ton Koopman playing clavicembalo and pipe organ). Whether for the short, four-part suite for solo gamba or the lithe but weighty dances of the final ‘Recercadas sobre tenores’, the music of Tratado de Glosas is both lyrical and melodically imaginative. Joined by performers Andrew Lawrence-King (harp), Koopman and Rolf Lislevand (lute), Savall brings Ortiz’s music vividly to light with typically expressive playing in this 1989 recording, released on the Heritage section of Savall’s own label, which is dedicated to reissuing pre-Alia Vox discs. The recording itself is occasionally distracting – extraneous noises filter through in places – and the forensic liner notes by Savall do not translate terribly well, but this is nevertheless a fine album.

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