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William Byrd

The Melodious Birde

SBCD217 - £12.00


The brand new Soundboard CD: music by Elizabeth I’s favourite composer.
One or two initial comments:

Lovely improvisatory feel and gorgeous sound.
Richard Lester

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.
Paul Bambrough

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.
Colin Tilney

1) Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home
2) Ground
3) Third Pavan
4) Third Galliard
5) The Queen’s Alman
6) Fantasia
7) Pavana
8) Galiarda
9) Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la
10) The Carman’s Whistle
11) Jhon Come Kisse Me Now
12) Prelude
13) Fantasia
14) Pavana Ph. Tr.
15) Galiarda
16) Ground
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.


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