Byrd: My Ladye Nevells Booke

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
My Ladye Nevells Booke is a collection of 42 keyboard pieces by William Byrd presented to the titular noblewoman who may have been a student of the composer. The music was for the most part already extant, but Byrd was involved in its selection and compilation, and it is in many ways a fascinating overview of his thinking about the keyboard. Nevertheless, recordings of the full cycle, which runs almost four hours in performance, have been sparse; in addition to the complete Byrd keyboard recording by Davitt Moroney there has until now been only a set by veteran British harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood. Thus this top-notch version by American harpsichordist Elizabeth ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
My Ladye Nevells Booke is a collection of 42 keyboard pieces by William Byrd presented to the titular noblewoman who may have been a student of the composer. The music was for the most part already extant, but Byrd was involved in its selection and compilation, and it is in many ways a fascinating overview of his thinking about the keyboard. Nevertheless, recordings of the full cycle, which runs almost four hours in performance, have been sparse; in addition to the complete Byrd keyboard recording by Davitt Moroney there has until now been only a set by veteran British harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood. Thus this top-notch version by American harpsichordist Elizabeth Farr is especially welcome. Farr's style is sober and rich, which tends to match the book's contents -- My Ladye Nevells Booke is inclined toward the solid and ambitious pavans, grounds, and fantasies of Byrd, with only the galliards paired with most of the pavans offering a more sprightly mood. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book shows a more festive side of this essentially serious composer. She does not, however, dampen the one real crowd-pleaser in the collection, the very early piece of program music called "The Battell"; her rendering of Byrd's subtle depiction of the differing gaits of footmen and horses is entertaining. The instruments used are unusual and will be a major attraction of the release for some buyers; they were made by Manchester, MI, builder Keith Hill, and all have a big sound that fits Farr's style perfectly. One is a celebrated Italian instrument from 1658 that Hill restored; two are copies of Flemish instruments from half a century after Byrd's time; and one is the instrument later called a lautenwerk -- a lute-harpsichord, with a much more intimate sound than the other instruments used. The album was recorded in a hall in the small town of Manchester, near Hill's studio, and the ambiance is superb; small details of both playing and instrumental timbre clearly emerge. This will be an important acquisition for libraries, keyboardists, and English music enthusiasts.
Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
[Grade: A-] Farr...plays this music with a winning lack of fussiness.... A fine, and inexpensive, introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313013975
  • Catalog Number: 8570139
  • Sales rank: 387,389

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Lady Nevell's Ground, for keyboard, MB 57 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (6:40)
  2. 2 Qui Passe (Chi passa) for my Lady Nevell, for keyboard, MB 19 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:27)
  3. 3 The March before the Battle, or, The Earl of Oxford's March, for keyboard, MB 93 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:36)
  4. 4–12 The Battle, for keyboard, MB 94 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (13:00)
  5. 5 Gaillard for the Victory, for keyboard, MB 95 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (2:14)
  6. 6 The Barley Break, for keyboard, MB 92 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (9:34)
  7. 7 Galliard Jig, for keyboard, MB 18 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (2:19)
  8. 8 The Hunt's Up, or Pescodd's Time, MB 40 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (7:57)
  9. 9 Ut re mi fa sol la, for keyboard in G major, MB 64 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (8:39)
  10. 18–19 Pavan & Gaillard, for keyboard in C minor No. 1, MB 29 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (6:39)
  11. 20–21 Pavan & Gaillard, for keyboard in G major No. 2, MB 71 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:55)
  12. 22–23 Pavan & Galliard, for keyboard in A minor, No. 1, MB 14 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (6:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1–2 Pavan & Gaillard, for keyboard in C major No. 1, MB 30 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:36)
  2. 3–4 Pavan & Gaillard, for keyboard in C minor No. 2, MB 31 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (6:41)
  3. 5–6 Pavan & Galliard ("Kinbourough Good"), for keyboard in C major, No. 2, MB 32 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (7:02)
  4. 6 Pavan ("Canon 2 in 1"), for keyboard in G major No. 6, MB 74 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:39)
  5. 7 Pavan, for keyboard in A minor No. 4, MB 17 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:50)
  6. 9–10 Pavan & Galliard ("Passamezzo"), for keyboard in G minor No. 1, MB 2 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (12:53)
  7. 10 Fantasia (Voluntary for my Lady Neville), for keyboard in G major, MB 61 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (5:39)
  8. 11 The woods so wild, variations for keyboard, MB 85 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:37)
  9. 12 The Maiden's Song, variations for keyboard, MB 82 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (5:49)
  10. 13 Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, MB 26 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (9:20)
  11. 14 Ground ("The seconde grownde"), for keyboard in C major, MB 42 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (9:49)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Walsingham, variations for keyboard, MB 8 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (9:23)
  2. 2 All in a garden green, variations for keyboard, MB 56 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (4:50)
  3. 3 Rowland (or "Lord Willoughby's Welcome home"), variations for keyboard, MB 7 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (3:02)
  4. 4 The Carman's Whistle, air & variations for keyboard, MB 36 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (5:09)
  5. 5 Hugh Aston's Ground, for keyboard, MB 20 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (8:39)
  6. 6 Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, No. 2, MB 25 "A Fancie" - William Byrd & Keith Hill (6:24)
  7. 7 Sellinger's Round, variations for keyboard, MB 84 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (7:35)
  8. 8 Alman (Monsieur's Alman), for keyboard in G major, No. 1, MB 87 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (8:31)
  9. 9 Prelude for keyboard in G minor, MB 1 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (5:06)
  10. 10 Pavan & Galliard ("Sir William Petre"), for keyboard in G minor No. 2, MB 3 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (2:21)
  11. 11 Fantasy, for keyboard in D minor, MB 46 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (6:08)
  12. 12 Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, No. 3, MB 27 - William Byrd & Keith Hill (3:31)
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Album Credits

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Elizabeth Farr Primary Artist
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