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William Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music

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Davitt Moroney spent more than fifteen years planning this unique and momentous project. Six different instruments were used for the recording: two different harpsichords, a muselar virginal, a clavichord, a chamber organ and the Ahrend organ at L'Eglise-Musee des Augustins. The huge and high nave there creates an echo that lasts for nearly fifteen seconds, not unlike the acoustic at Lincoln Cathedral where Byrd was the organist and master of the choristers. Originally released in 1999, this set garnered a Gramophone Award and was named one Classic CD's top 100 discs of the decade.

"Moroney's accomplishment is vast, and vastly important. It would have been important even if there were one or two weak spots in the finished enterprise - but there are none. It is perfect in every detail: musical, academic, technical, you name it. Once again, Hyperion deserves loud thanks for having the guts to take on a project that none of the larger companies dared tackle, and they, and we, are rewarded with an unmitigated success. A fabulous release, as enjoyable as it is momentous." -Fanfare



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