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BYRD: My Ladye Nevells Booke (1591) (Complete)

Composer(s):Byrd, William
Artist(s) Farr, Elizabeth, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570139-41
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 20.97
 

 


My Ladye Nevells Booke is a collection of 42 keyboard pieces by the greatest English composer of his day, William Byrd. It includes dances, variations, contrapuntal fancies and battle-pieces, and was compiled seemingly from the composer’s manuscripts for Lady Nevell, half-sister of Francis Bacon and third wife of Sir Henry Nevell of Billingbere, who was her second husband. The volume, dated 1591 and handsomely bound, was acquired by the British Library in 2006. It constitutes a significant monument to Byrd’s achievement as a composer for the virginals.


   




Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.,Naxos,August 2007

Three cheers for William Byrd, Elizabeth Farr and Naxos!!! Here we have a happy convergence of great music, splendid performances, and a great bargain, given Naxos' affordable price. Moreover, the 42 pieces are played on four different instruments, all lovingly built or restored by Keith Hill, and recorded in close-up, intimate and splendid sound, affording the listener a variety of tone-colours - a wise move, since there is not that much variety in the music unless one is following it with a score. The American artist Elizabth Farr provides exhaustive notes in the booklet. Her playing is meticulously phrased, though I would have liked a little more emphasis on the dance-like quality in the many pavans and galliards, even if that meant fewer ornaments.




Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2007

Born in 1543, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis were the two outstanding British composers of the 16th century, their financial security guaranteed when granted a patent on printing and marketing part-music and manuscript paper. First gaining recognition when Master of Music at Lincoln Cathedral, he was more often seen in London where he soon established himself as a major composer, becoming a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal from 1570. He was much admired in Royal circles, and in 1593 moved to the rural surroundings of Essex where he passed his final years through to his death in 1623. His output was prolific and included the 42 pieces that form My Ladye Nevells Booke a compendium of pieces bound together in one volume by John Baldwin. The name of the recipient has remained a matter of

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