Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume 5. CD 1&2.

New acquisition.
Bought in January 2017.
First listen: 1-2-2017.
Label: Brilliant.
2 CD'S.
Recording dates: Only the year mentioned: 2015.
Recording venue: Chapel of the Capuchin Monastery, Velp, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Peter Arts.
Running time: 65:42 & 58:02.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Composers on disc 1&2.
John Munday. (1555-1630)
Ferdinando Richardson. (1558-1618)*
Thomas Tallis. (c.1505-1585)
Thomas Morley. (1537-1602)
Thomas Tomkins. (1572-1656)
Edmund Hooper. (1553-1621)*
Anonymous.

Performed by:
Pieter Jan Belder.

Instruments:
Cornelis Bom (2013) Italian harpsichord after Giusti.
Gerhard Boogaard. (2012) Flemish harpsichord after Ruckers.
Titus Crijnen, (2014)  Flemish harpsichord after Ruckers (1624)

If you purchased the first four volumes, you need not hesitate in buying the fifth. For it is again brimful with quite some discoveries. Two composers that were unknown to me (*) and music that I never heard before, all delivered by Belder in a convincing manner on beautiful instruments.
There is a short history concerning composers and works in the booklet, but in rather short measure. Which is a pity, for these details are bread and butter to the interested listener. The sound is good. Peter Arts is a fine recording engineer.  So there is really nothing to complain. If you like the style in which Belder is playing, this twofar is a safe bet. Recommended.


Graupner, Christoph. (1683-1760. Partitas for Harpsichord, Volume 4.

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