The modern sequence of keys had yet to be invented when Vincenzo Galilei set out to traverse them all—well over a century before Bach’s seminal ‘Well-tempered Clavier’. The resulting demands on the sixteenth-century lutenist are ferocious, and ak Ozmo here fully rises to the challenge in their first recording.
Occasionally there's no disguising the music's considerable technical demands, but the founder-director of L'Avventura London is a thoughtful guide to music that doesn't always yield its secrets easily. BBC ***
This latest release from ak Ozmo again demonstrates the London-based lutenist and conductor's searching intellect and wry imagination…beautiful, fluent playing. Gramophone