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The brand new Soundboard CD: music by Elizabeth I’s favourite composer.
One or two initial comments:
Lovely improvisatory feel and gorgeous sound.
As always, the playing is both characterful and expressive and
the programme really does show off this extraordinary composer in all his glory.
Many congratulations on another splendid recording.
I listened right through the Byrd yesterday, using scores, and
enjoyed the recording very much... Again I think you will have the British critics
scrambling for superlatives! Well done.
1) Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home
3) Third Pavan
4) Third Galliard
5) The Queen’s Alman
9) Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la
10) The Carman’s Whistle
11) Jhon Come Kisse Me Now
14) Pavana Ph. Tr.
17) A Voluntarie for my ladye nevell
Total playing time: 75.50
My love of William Byrd’s music is as old as my obsession with the harpsichord. The moods within his pieces range from solemn introspection to playful virtuosity. Above all, I was keen to convey the poetry and lyricism which is often absent in present-day performance of his work. Three instruments were used, with very different sounds. All were also historically appropriate.
© 2013-2017 Colin Booth, harpsichordist and harpsichord maker