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The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Vol 2 - William Byrd / Belder

Byrd / Belder
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94362   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among the most prized exhibits of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, stands the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, the largest surviving anthology of Elizabethan and Jacobean keyboard music. Dating from a period during which theory and notation were undergoing radical change, the collection was probably compiled by Francis Tregian and falls just short of 300 compositions. These include a number by William Byrd, the foremost composer of the Elizabethan age.

Bringing together all of Byrd's works as featured in the anthology, this release contains many sets of variations -- including the infamous Walsingham MB8, which comprises no less than 22 embellished statements of the theme. The piece ranks among the most virtuosic of the composer's
Read more keyboard compositions, and appears alongside several instrumental dances such as the Pavan and Galliard. Often modal in flavour, these abound in rhythmic energy and continuity -- important features considering the static harmony and repetitive nature of the material. The Carman's Whistle also makes an appearance, a piece first popularised by Arthur Rubinstein during his historical recital programmes and which was later arranged by Percy Grainger.

A leading expert in the field of early music, Pieter-Jan Belder has recorded widely for Brilliant Classics over the years and returns once again to perform this illustrious programme of works. The release is an engaging follow-up to the first volume in the series, extending its instrumental range to include performances on a 1604 virginal by Ruckers as well as a chest organ, and comprises essential listening for keyboardists and early music aficionados alike.

Other information:
- Second volume of a unique project: the first complete recording of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, dedicated to William Byrd.
- Recorded 19 & 20 October 2011, Westvestkerk Schiedam (CD1); 26 May & 1 June 2012, Doopsgezinde gemeente Dordrecht (CD2).
- A great achievement of Pieter-Jan Belder, one of the most respected and frequently recorded keyboard (harpsichord, clavichord, virginal, organ, hammerklavier) players of today. His recordings of Bach, Rameau, CPE Bach and Scarlatti (complete Sonatas!) have met with great critical acclaim in the international press.
- Belder plays a unique original Ruckers instrument from 1604, the details of which are described in the extensive liner notes in the booklet.
- Includes detailed notes on the history of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and the 1604 virginal used in the recording, notes on William Byrd's contribution to the anthology, and an artist biography
- Volume 1 was issued on BC 94303. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Walsingham, MB 8 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
2.
The Queen's Alman, MB 10 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3.
The Carman's Whistle, MB 36 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Sellinger's Round, MB 84 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Prelude in A minor, MB 12 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Pavan and Galliard in A minor no 1, MB 14 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1570-1590; England 
7.
Lady Monteagle's Pavan, MB 75 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Lachrymae Pavan (Dowland), MB 54 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
John come kiss me now, MB 81 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1590; England 
10.
Hugh Aston's Ground, MB 20 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11.
Galliard (Harding) for Keyboard, MB 55 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
12.
Fantasy in G major no 2, MB 62 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570; Lincoln, England 
13.
Fantasia in A minor, MB 13 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
14.
The woods so wild, MB 85 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15.
Ut re mi fa sol la, in G major, MB 64 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
16.
The Maiden's Song, MB 82 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
17.
The Hunt's Up, MB 40 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
18.
My Lord Willoughbies welcom home by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
19.
Quadran Pavan and Galliard in G major no 1, MB 70 "on the passamezzo moderno" by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1580; England 
20.
Pavan in G major no 6, MB 74 "Canon 2 in 1" by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
21.
Pavan and Galliard in G minor no 3, MB 4 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
22.
Pavan and Galliard in G major no 2, MB 71 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1570-1590; England 
23.
Pavan and Galliard in D minor no 1, MB 52 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
24.
Pavan and Galliard in C minor no 1, MB 29 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1580; London, England 
25.
Lavolta in G minor no 2, MB 91 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
26.
Fantasia in C major no 2, MB 25 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
27.
All in a garden green, MB 56 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
28.
Pavan and Galliard in A minor, MB 99 by William Byrd
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)

Sound Samples

Walsingham (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Vol. 1, No. 68)
Prelude in A Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 12)
Fantasia in A Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 13)
Fantasia in G Major, No. 2 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 62): Fantasia No. 2 in G Major
The Carman's Whistle
The Queen's Alman (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 10)
Hugh Aston's Ground *: Hugh Aston's Ground
Lady Monteagle's Pavan No. 7 in G Major
The Woods so Wild
Lachrymae Pavan (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) (arr. W. Byrd)
Galliard (arr. W. Byrd)
John come kiss me now, MB 81: John come kiss me now (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)
Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in A Minor (MB 14): Pavan
Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in A Minor (MB 14): Galliard
Sellinger's Round
Pavan and Galliard No. 3 in G Minor: Pavan
Pavan and Galliard No. 3 in G Minor: Galliard
The Hunt's Up, "Pescodd Time"
Ut re mi fa sol la in G Major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 64)
Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in D Minor: Pavan
Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in D Minor: Galliard
The Maiden's Songe
Fantasia No. 2 in C Major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 25)
Quadran Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in G Major: Pavan
Quadran Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in G Major: Galliard
All in a garden green
Pavan and Galliard No. 2 in G Major: Pavan
Pavan and Galliard No. 2 in G Major: Galliard
Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in C Minor: Pavan
Pavan and Galliard No. 1 in C Minor: Galliard
Rowland, "Lord Willoughby's Welcome home" (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)
Pavan No. 6 in G Major, "Canon 2 in 1"
Pavan and Galliard (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Nos. 174-5): Pavan
Pavan and Galliard (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Nos. 174-5): Galliard
Lavolta No. 2 in G Minor

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