Friday, February 22, 2013

Eight hours of music for 'just sitting'


A recent post suggested that classical music should stop reacting to pressure from the instant gratification lobby and instead focus more on 'just sitting', and it is good to find at least one record company in agreement with that sentiment. Brilliant Classics has recently released a recording of the blind Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezòn’s (1510-1566) Obras de música. This celebrated collection of instrumental music comprises elaborations of liturgical texts, transcriptions of motets by composers such as Josquin, and Cabezòn’s own celebrated tientos. The performers are Harmonices Mundi directed by Claudio Astronio and this is the only complete recording; it fills seven CDs and cost me just £16.25 from an Amazon reseller. Ladies and gentlemen please take your seats...

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