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Byrd: Late Music for the Virginals / Hakkinen


Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Alba Records   Catalog #: 405  
Composer:  William ByrdOrlando Gibbons
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Aapo Häkkinen started his recording career in 2000 with Alba. His first recording included Byrd's work Music for the Virginals. Now Aapo Häkkinen has returned to Byrd and is releasing his new record Late Music for the Virginals. This new recording was made in Saluzzo, Italy, with special period instruments. The harpsichord heard here was made by Benedetto Floriani, c. 1570 and the Virginal was made by Joannes Ruckers, c. 1604. "Much as I admire many of my pianist colleagues performing this music on their instruments, there can be no question that the ‘virginals’ heard on this recording do more justice to the composer’s intentions and make it easier to render his musical language well. In the pre-Restoration England, the word Read more virginal did not apply to a specific type of instrument, but to all the keyboard instruments in general. As today’s harpsichord making is a far cry from the best instruments built in the old days, I am happy that I had the opportunity to use a particularly admirable 16th century pair of “newe longe virginalles made harpe fasshion of cipres with a caese of wallnuttre” – exactly like the one so described in an ‘Inventory of the Guarderobes, etc.’ of King Henry VIII, 1547." - Aapo Häkkinen Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude in G minor, MB 1 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
Pavan and Galliard in G minor no 2, MB 3 "Sir William Petre" by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1591; England 
3.
Pavan and Galliard in D minor no 1, MB 52 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
John come kiss me now, MB 81 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1590; England 
5.
Fantasia in C major no 2, MB 25 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
6.
Callino casturame, MB 35 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7.
Galliard in G major no 9, MB 77 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Lachrymae Pavan (Dowland), MB 54 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
Galliard (Harding) for Keyboard, MB 55 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
10.
Monsieurs Almaine by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11.
The Bells, MB 38 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1599; England 
12.
Pavan and Galliards (2) in A minor no 2, MB 15 "The Earl of Salisbury" by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
13.
Piper's Galliard "If my complaints", MB 118 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
14.
Go from my window, MB 79 by William Byrd
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15.
Pavane and Galliard "Lord Salisbury" by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Aapo Hakkinen (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 

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