Album: Grillo, Complete Instrumental Music, (SFZ)

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Giovanni Battista Grillo is one of history's most elusive figures. Under Jamie Savan, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts have collected all that remains of Grillo's sonatas and canzonas – written between 1608 and 1618 – interpolating them with arrangements of his more experimental motets.

In consort and dialogue, with organ or harpsichord, the sound is glorious. Faye Newton's boyish soprano, Nicholas Mulroy's sturdy tenor and Eamonn Dougan's burnished bass vary the texture.

Pick of the album: The solemn 'Canzon terza' of 1618