CONTRAPUNTAL BYRD. Colin Tilney, harpsichord.

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CD-1288 CONTRAPUNTAL BYRD: Keyboard Works by William Byrd (c. 1543 – 1623).

1. Pavan 7 (My Ladye Nevell’s Booke); 2. Fantasia in d (My Ladye Nevell’s Booke); 3. The Maiden’s Song (MLNB); 4. The Quadran Pavan; 5. The Quadran Galliard; 6. Pavan 8 (MLNB); 7. The Second Ground (MLNB); 8. Prelude in a; 9. Fantasia in a; 10. Pavan “Lachrymae.” (Dowland - arr. Byrd). Total time: 62:33. COLIN TILNEY, harpsichord. Audio engineering: Kirk McNally. Liner notes by Colin Tilney. UPC # 0-17685-12882-0.


“All the music evokes a serene world different from our own and is well worth spending meditative time in.

Even if you already have a large collection of Byrd harpsichord recordings, you’ll want to overdose and add this new one.”

 –– Bradley Lehman, American Record Guide, July/August 2016



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William Byrd (c. 1543 – 1623) was considered by his contemporaries to be a musician without peer. The music he wrote for voices to sing is generally recognized as his chief glory. While there are no transcriptions of chansons or song intabulations among his instrumental works, every moving line in one of his fantasies or pavans is in essence a wordless voice, having different registers and needing breath. Presented here by acclaimed harpsichordist Colin Tilney is a delectable assortment of keyboard works highlighting the vocal character of Byrd’s writing including his exquisite setting of John Dowland’s famed Pavan "Lachrymae."

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