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In the August issue of BBC Music Magazine, lutenist Paul O’Dette’s recording of the work of Franscesco da Milano was given five stars and the coveted Instrumental BBC Music Instrumental choice slot.

Today’s free download is a Fantasia by the 16th-century composer, Milano, who was lutenist at the papal court and known as ‘Il divino’ for his ‘divine’ playing.

For this recording, on the Harmonia Mundi label, O’Dette had arranged Milano’s pieces into suites of fantasias, ricercars and various French chansons.

Writing in the August issue of BBC Music Magazine, our critic Kate Bolton said: ‘O’Dette captures this music’s improvisatory quality with effortless finger-work and fluent ornamentation… These are compelling, musical orations, and the lucid recording enhances O’Dette’s silky sound – worthy of il divino himself.’

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