ClassicsOnline Home » FARNABY: Harpsichord Fantasias (Complete) > Review List

FARNABY: Harpsichord Fantasias (Complete)

Composer(s):AnonymousFarnaby, Giles
Artist(s) Wilson, Glen, harpsichord
Period(s) Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570025
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Download and Stream

Giles Farnaby’s compositions comprise no less than one-sixth of the contents of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, an immense anthology of keyboard works by the English virginalists. These pieces firmly establish Farnaby in the esteemed company of Byrd, Bull, Gibbons and Tomkins. The fantasias are notable for their richly ornamented counterpoint and for keyboard pyrotechnics without parallel in the music of continental European composers.

ClassicsOnline customers will not be able to use their log in to access the new HD site. Please create a new ClassicsOnline HD•LL account to download albums, subscribe to streaming, create playlists and more!


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Farnaby’s surviving keyboard works (53 of them) occupy one-sixth of the total content of the celebrated Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, compiled in the 1620s—in the company of music by Byrd, Bull, Gibbons and Tomkins. His Fantasias, to quote Glen Wilson, their impressive executant here, are ‘sober pieces I strict polyphony with no text and no fixed melody or cantus firmus’, but ending with a toccata of great virtuosity. But they are by no means dull. The initially slow tempo of their presentation is explained when the extraordinary keyboard pyrotechnics begin, clusters of notes thrown off with great panache by Wilson. This is music that you have to explore, to discover Farnaby’s ingenuity. The other items here are arrangements of


Review By Derek Adlam ,Early Music America,February 2007

Glen Wilson presents this music with complete conviction, ranging from a monumental seriousness to graceful tunefulness. He is strikingly successful in incorporating elaborate flourishes and divisions into Farnaby's harmonic and melodic structures - embellishments that neither disturb nor distort. He also produces the most convincing realization of the enigmatic one- and two-stroke ornament signs that I have yet heard, based on Praetorius's table of ornaments in volume 3 of Syntagma musicum. Wilson's respect for this music is reflected in his choice of the complete fantasias for his recital. Following the composer's own occasional practice, he includes his own exemplary settings of Farnaby's canzonet Construe my meaning and the eight-part madrigal Witness ye heavens.



Affiliates  |  Classical Points  |  Press Room  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy

ClassicsOnline Newsletter Archive

Monthly Features on ClassicsOnline

Why choose ClassicsOnline?
ClassicsOnline is your source for classical music new releases, rare catalog, historical recordings and exclusive bargains. Our vast classical music catalog has over 1 Million tracks from more than 50,000 albums available in DRM-free MP3 (320kbps) and FLAC (lossless format). More than 500 new albums are added each month, all of which are carefully indexed, and searchable by Composer, Artist, Work and Label. Membership is free, and registration includes 5 free tracks for download. Get a free track every week and gain access to exclusive classical deals when you subscribe to our newsletter. ClassicsOnline was honored in 2010 as the Best Classical Download Site by the MIDEM Classical Awards Jury.

Some titles may not be available in all countries because of possible copyright or licensing restrictions.

Copyright © 2016 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved. – Your Classical Music Download Source
9:20:48 AM Wednesday, May 4, 2016  -92-
This site is now closed, but it has been replaced with our exciting new service ClassicsOnline HD•LL.   x
Continue to buy your downloads at our new store, which now offers all content in lossless CD quality  
formats, in addition to MP3, and thousands of high-definition titles. To learn more, click here.  
Note that previously registered customers may still login to view their accounts until further notice.  

ClassicsOnline customers will not be able to use their log in to access the new HD site. Please create a new ClassicsOnline HD•LL account to download albums, subscribe to streaming, create playlists and more!