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Byrd: Complete Fantasias For Harpsichord / Glen Wilson, harpsichord

> Praeludium in G major (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, No. 117) - Praeludium in G major (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, No. 117)
> Fantasia in G major, No. 2 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 62) - Fantasia in G major, No. 2 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 62)
> Praeludium to the Fancie in A minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 12) - Praeludium to the Fancie in A minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 12)
> Fantasia in A minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 13) - Fantasia in A minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 13)
> Praeludium in C major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 24) - Praeludium in C major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 24)
> Fantasia in C major, No. 2 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 25) - Fantasia in C major, No. 2 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 25)
> Fantasia in G minor (Music Britannica, Vol. 55, No. 55) - Fantasia in G minor (Music Britannica, Vol. 55, No. 55)
> Ut re mi fa sol la in G major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 64) - Ut re mi fa sol la in G major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 64)
> Ut mi re (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 65) - Ut mi re (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 65)
> Prelude: Doric Music (Musica Britannica, Vol. 14, No. 59) - Prelude: Doric Music (Musica Britannica, Vol. 14, No. 59)
> Fantasia in D minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 18, No. 46) - Fantasia in D minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 18, No. 46)
> Praeludium (attrib. W. Byrd) (Musica Britannica, Vol. 55, No. 3) - Praeludium (attrib. W. Byrd) (Musica Britannica, Vol. 55, No. 3)
> Ut re mi fa sol la in F major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 58) - Ut re mi fa sol la in F major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 58)
> Praeludium in G minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 17, No. 1) - Praeludium in G minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 17, No. 1)
> Fantasia in G major, No. 3 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 63) - Fantasia in G major, No. 3 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 63)
> Fantasia in C major, No. 1 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 26) - Fantasia in C major, No. 1 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 26)

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in F major
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in G major, MB 62
>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in A minor, MB 12
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in A minor, MB 13
>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in C major, MB 24
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, no 2, MB 25 "A Fancie"
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in G minor, MB 55
>Byrd, William : Ut re mi fa sol la, for keyboard in G major, MB 64
>Byrd, William : Ut mi re, for keyboard, MB 65
>Anonymous, English : Doric Music, prelude for keyboard, Musica Britannica Vol. 14, no 59 (attrib. to John Bull)
>Byrd, William : Fantasy, for keyboard in D minor, MB 46
>Anonymous, English : Praeludium, for keyboard, Musica Britannica Vol. 55, no 3 (attrib. to William Byrd)
>Byrd, William : Ut re mi fa sol la, for keyboard in F major, MB 58
>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in G minor, MB 1
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in G major, MB 63
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, MB 26
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Notes & Reviews:

The fantasia was in the process of being adapted for keyboard from lute and consort music during William Byrd's youth, and his formidable mastery of counterpoint brought the form to a pinnacle equivalent to his matchless vocal works. These splendors combine with lively dances and virtuoso display and quotations from songs of love and death. They also may hold fascinating symbols which mark secret Catholic allegiances, a gift for Elizabeth I, and a memorial to the tragic Mary, Queen of Scots. The cover image shows the only possible contemporary impression of Byrd, as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal at the funeral of Elizabeth I.

BBC Music Magazine
Glen Wilson squares up to the Fantasias... If his playing isn't always free, it's eagle-eyed in its attention to detail: ornaments crackle with exactitude and the counterpoint is lucidly deconstructed with didactic precision... those seeking the Fantasias without having to purchase a complete set need not hesitate: a few moments of stiffness aside, Wilson is compelling.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010).



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>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in F major
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in G major, MB 62
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in A minor, MB 12
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in A minor, MB 13
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in C major, MB 24
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, no 2, MB 25 "A Fancie"
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in G minor, MB 55
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Ut re mi fa sol la, for keyboard in G major, MB 64
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Ut mi re, for keyboard, MB 65
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, English : Doric Music, prelude for keyboard, Musica Britannica Vol. 14, no 59 (attrib. to John Bull)
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasy, for keyboard in D minor, MB 46
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, English : Praeludium, for keyboard, Musica Britannica Vol. 55, no 3 (attrib. to William Byrd)
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Ut re mi fa sol la, for keyboard in F major, MB 58
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in G minor, MB 1
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in G major, MB 63
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, MB 26
  • Performer: Glen Wilson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim (05/13/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance