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18 September 2013
"(...) very thoughtful performances with lots of nuance."Early Music Review, 01-6-2014
Een fascinerende reis door een eeuw aan klavecimbelmuziek
Op dit album staan melancholische klavecimbelstukken uit de 17e eeuw die worden gespeeld door Ewald Demeyere. Het zijn rustige werken die meditatief en beschouwend zijn. Een zeer interessant repertoire dat de moeite waard is om verkend te worden.
Deze opname bevat muziek van de componisten Byrd, Froberger, Tomkins, Couperin en Schildt. De werken gaan over verlies, van een persoon of van iets anders, en zijn zeer diepgaand, bijna tot aan het spirituele toe. Het zijn instrumentale rouwodes die zeer expressief zijn. Een fascinerende reis door meer dan een eeuw aan prachtige klavecimbelmuziek.
William Byrd was an English composer. He was one of the greatest composers of his generation. Hiis name is sometimes spelled as Bird, Byrde, or Byred. The exact dates of his birth and death are not known, and even his place of birth (Lincoln) is merely guesswork, based on the fact that several families named Byrd lived in Lincolnshire during the 17th century.
As a child, Byrd received music lessons from the renowned Thomas Tallis in the Chapel Royal in London. Byrd is part of the so-called virginalists. In 1563, he was appointed as organist of the cathedral in Lincoln, even though he must have only been around 20 years old and in 1572 he was appointed as organist of Chapel Royal together with Tallis. In 1575, again with Tallis, he received the rights to publish and sell his music by Queen Elizabeth I. In honour of the Queen, the two composers dedicated their Cantiones Sacrae in the same year.
On multiple occasions, Byrd was prosecuted in court. As a catholic, he was repeatedly prosecuted for the rejection of Anglicanism. Nonetheless, he remained in favour of the Queen, probably because he composed music for both religious branches. Moreover, he wrote both secular and sacred music, and both vocal and instrumental pieces.
(...) very thoughtful performances with lots of nuance.
Early Music Review, 01-6-2014
(...) this is a fascinatingly fine programme, eruditely chosen and fervently prtrayed.
This release, with its startlingly vivid ‘demonstration’ recorded sound and admirably executed concept, is something towards which lovers of well-played harpsichord and early keyboard music can gravitate with confidence.
"Play this disc and the busy world recedes, giving way to the music's measured expression which slows the heartbeat and takes over the mind. Highly recommended. Listening to this carefully selected and lovingly recreated music."
This release, with its startlingly vivid demonstration recorded sound and admirably executed concept, is something towards which lovers of well-played harpsichord and early keyboard music can gravitate with confidence.
Music Web International, 01-1-2014