I think this is an excellent and very enjoyable disc. I was a little surprised by how much I liked it, to be honest, because I have found Cabezon's music played on other instruments like the vihuela a bit uninspiring, but I found the sound of the harp and the excellent musicianship of Véronique Musson-Gonneaud brought it to life wonderfully here.
Antonio de Cabezon was a musician of the Spanish Royal household in the mid-16th Century. He composed a good deal and adapted vocal works by other great composers. These were intabulated so that they could be played on a variety of instruments, and the Baroque double-harp brings out the finest of their melodic and harmonic characteristics. There is a variety of moods and tempi and it makes a very enjoyable programme, but it is the instrument itself and the wonderful sound which Véronique Musson-Gonneaud brings from it that makes the music shine. I hadn't heard of Ms Musson-Gonneaud before, but she is plainly a fine musician and she has created something special here which rivals some of the best work by the great Andrew Lawrence-King – which is very high praise indeed.
This disc is a genuine pleasure to listen to and is full of real musical depth. The recorded sound is excellent, the notes are pretty good and the presentation is attractive. At Brilliant Classics' budget price it's a real bargain, too and I warmly recommend this disc to anyone with an interest in music of this period.
(If you like this, I would also strongly recommend Andrew-Lawrence King's disc, The Harp of Ludovico: The Harp of Ludovico)