Diego Ortiz: Caleidoscopio. Comet Musicke
Diego Ortiz: Caleidoscopio
Son an ero 18 (2021)
If you are a member of this Society, or at least of that portion of the Society that touches on Renaissance music, you surely know the name of Diego Ortiz (c1510–c1570), particularly for the music of his Trattado de glosas of 1553, an ornamentography manual that includes a number of sample improvisations, some on a tune, some over a bass, and so forth, that have been staples in the solo repertory of early wind and string players for years. A number of these appear on this two-CD set, and they are as good as always. A lot less well known is his Musices liber primus of 1565, a conventional book of Latin sacred music. Eight motets from that book are here, and they are a most welcome addition to the recorded body of Spanish Renaissance music. And there are a number of thematically related works not by Ortiz included too.