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Pieter-Jan Belder|The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Vol. 6

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Vol. 6

Pieter-Jan Belder

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The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a collection of keyboard pieces compiled in England in the 1610s under murky circumstances. It is both large (297 works) and in many places difficult, and recordings of the whole thing are rare. The one in progress by Dutch harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder (the term "virginal" denoted various kinds of keyboard instruments, and performance on Dutch harpsichords and on a northern European variant, the muselar, is entirely appropriate) has the virtue of budget prices, appearing on the Brilliant label from the Netherlands. It may also be a good pick if you're looking for one album from the set: it's largely devoted to the composer John Bull (even some of the pieces not credited to him may in fact be by him), and his spectacular style fits Belder's muscular playing. Bull was a libertine and a wildman, memorably dissed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who said he "hath more music than honesty, and is as famous for marring of virginity as he is for fingering of organs and virginals." He eventually fled to the Netherlands, where his music remains popular. Many of the pieces here are taxing in their virtuosity, and Belder, playing several powerful harpsichords including a modern copy of the famed 1638 Ruckers model from Amsterdam, delivers big, booming performances. Sample the towering Ut Re Me Fa Sol La, a grand fantasy on the notes of the hexachord (a kind of Renaissance scale), which is almost Lisztian in its scope and tone. Belder does this and several others like it justice, although in some of the lighter dance pieces he's a bit wooden. The smaller anonymous pieces, not generally available, are another attraction. The overresonant sound from the Reformed Church of Mijnsheerenland is neither appropriate nor serves the music well, but for sheer steely virtuosity, Belder's readings are good picks.
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Pieter-Jan Belder

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Galiarda XXI
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

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2
Alman XIV
00:01:57

Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Praeludium CXVII
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

4
Christe redemptor CXXV
00:03:54

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Dr Bulls Juell CXXXVIII
00:02:07

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

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Praeludium CXV
00:00:51

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

7
Galliarda XVII
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John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

8
Prelude and veni redemptor gentium CVI & CVII
00:04:06

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

9
The Spanish pavan CXXXIX
00:03:51

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

10
Veni redemptor gentium XXXVIII
00:03:20

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

11
Pavana (Trumpet Pavan) XIII
00:02:41

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Galliarda
00:04:25

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Praeludium. Dor. CXVI
00:01:39

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Salvator mundi XLV
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John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Prelude CXI
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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An almain CC
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Corranto CCI
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Alman CCII
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

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Corranto CCIII
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

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Corranto CCIV
00:00:43

Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Corranto CCV
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

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Daunce CCVI
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

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CCIX
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Martin Sayd to His Man CCXII
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Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Galliard CLXXXV
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John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Praeludium D. CLXXXIV
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John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Ut re mi fa sol la CCXV
00:10:45

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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A Gigge CLXC
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John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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A Gigge, Doctor Bulls my selfe CLXXXVIX
00:01:32

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Misere in Three Parts CLXXIX
00:03:25

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Galliard CLXXXVI
00:02:44

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Duchess of Brunswick's Toy CCLXII
00:01:42

John Bull, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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The Woods so Wilde XL
00:04:29

Orlando Gibbons, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Pavana XCVII
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Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Thomas Warrock, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Galliard XCVIII
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Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Thomas Warrock, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Prealudium XCIV
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Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Galeazzo Sabbatini, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Alman XC
00:01:24

Martin PEERSON, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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The Primerose CCLXXI
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Martin PEERSON, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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In nomine CXL
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Robert Parsons, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Alman CXLV
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Robert Johnson, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Alman CXLVI
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Robert Johnson, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Pavana CCXX
00:02:40

Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - William Tisdale, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Almand CCXIII
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Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - William Tisdale, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Pavana clement cottõ CCXIX
00:01:37

Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - William Tisdale, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Galliarda CCXCV
00:02:27

Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - William Tisdale, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Pavana chromatica Mrs Katherin Tregians Pavan CCXIV
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Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - William Tisdale, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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A Galliard Ground CCL
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Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - William Inglot, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Alman CCXLIX
00:01:19

Anonymous, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Allemanda CLXXXVII
00:01:58

John Marchant, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

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Galliarda CCLX
00:02:16

Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Jehan Oystermayre, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

Brilliant Classics Brilliant Classics

Album Description

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a collection of keyboard pieces compiled in England in the 1610s under murky circumstances. It is both large (297 works) and in many places difficult, and recordings of the whole thing are rare. The one in progress by Dutch harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder (the term "virginal" denoted various kinds of keyboard instruments, and performance on Dutch harpsichords and on a northern European variant, the muselar, is entirely appropriate) has the virtue of budget prices, appearing on the Brilliant label from the Netherlands. It may also be a good pick if you're looking for one album from the set: it's largely devoted to the composer John Bull (even some of the pieces not credited to him may in fact be by him), and his spectacular style fits Belder's muscular playing. Bull was a libertine and a wildman, memorably dissed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who said he "hath more music than honesty, and is as famous for marring of virginity as he is for fingering of organs and virginals." He eventually fled to the Netherlands, where his music remains popular. Many of the pieces here are taxing in their virtuosity, and Belder, playing several powerful harpsichords including a modern copy of the famed 1638 Ruckers model from Amsterdam, delivers big, booming performances. Sample the towering Ut Re Me Fa Sol La, a grand fantasy on the notes of the hexachord (a kind of Renaissance scale), which is almost Lisztian in its scope and tone. Belder does this and several others like it justice, although in some of the lighter dance pieces he's a bit wooden. The smaller anonymous pieces, not generally available, are another attraction. The overresonant sound from the Reformed Church of Mijnsheerenland is neither appropriate nor serves the music well, but for sheer steely virtuosity, Belder's readings are good picks.
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