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For delight in sheer harpsichord sound, this disc is hard to beat.
Colin Booth is as alert as can be in the
slender but resilient emotions of this music. Design of the
[CD cover] leaflet is excellent and the notes are extremely
informative. Definitely worth exploring. Four Stars.
Rob Barnett, Classical Music on the Web
1) Pavana Doloroso. Tregian 1593
2) Galliarda Dolorosa
3) Pavana (“the first one Philips made”) 1580
5) Cosi Moriro
6) Le Rossignuol 1595
7) Margott Laborez 1605
8) Amarylli di Julio Romano 1604
10) Pavana Pagget
11) Galliarda Pagget
12) Pavana Passamezzo 1592
13) Galliarda Passamezzo
14) Fantasia 1582
Recorded on a copy of a double-manual Italian harpsichord in
the Germanisches Museum in Nuremberg, this CD presents some of
the incredible music from one of England’s most cosmopolitan
Philips presents an extreme example of the effects of intolerance: he left England, apparently because of his religion, in 1582, aged 22. He spent time Italy, travelled widely and ended up in Antwerp. His music shows many influences whilst never losing its uniquely “English” flavour.
© 2013-2016 Colin Booth, harpsichordist and harpsichord maker