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One Byrde in Hande / Egarr


Release Date: 05/25/2018 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 518  
Composer:  William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Richard Egarr’s impressive career, both as a solo keyboardist and conductor (notably with the Academy of Ancient Music), has cemented his reputation as one of the UK’s most compelling musicians. In his debut solo recording for Linn, Egarr charts the extraordinary breadth of invention at play in works by William Byrd. One of English music’s most influential figures, Byrd’s innovative style is evident throughout this well-chosen program of preludes, grounds and fantasies. The Fantasia in A minor, MB13, demonstrates the unlimited scope of Byrd’s imagination; intricate rhythms, surprising modulations and changing textures precede a finale requiring a previously unequalled
Read more level of dexterous virtuosity. Egarr similarly relishes the technical demands of Byrd’s descriptive masterpiece, ‘The bells.’ This incredible composition begins with a single toll before developing into an elaborate and thrillingly complex showpiece of pealing bells. Egarr’s elegant phrasing, infectious enthusiasm and rich embellishments result in insightful performances. “The music exploded with character under Egarr’s hands… His playing was fluid and assured.” (New York Classical Review)

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REVIEW:

At first glance, the selection looks challengingly serious, yet Egarr has no problem keeping our attention. The sheer sound of his playing is one thing, produced on a crisp, punchy but resonant Ruckers copy… It has a fruity bass; but Egarr also manages to make it sing sweetly in the middle and high registers. This is an outstanding celebration of Byrd as one of the first keyboard greats.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude in A minor, MB 12 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
Fantasia in A minor, MB 13 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3.
Prelude in G minor, MB 1 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Ground in G major, MB 9 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Ground in C major, MB 43 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Pavan and Galliard in A minor no 3, MB 16 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7.
Ut re mi fa sol la, in G major, MB 64 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Ut mi re, MB 65 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
Fantasy in G major no 2, MB 62 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570; Lincoln, England 
10.
Lachrymae Pavan (Dowland), MB 54 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11.
Prelude in C major, MB 24 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
12.
Fantasia in C major no 2, MB 25 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
13.
The Bells, MB 38 by William Byrd
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1599; England 

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