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Pieter-Jan Belder|The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (Volume 1) (Pieter-Jan Belder, clavecin)

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (Volume 1) (Pieter-Jan Belder, clavecin)

Pieter-Jan Belder, clavecin

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Dutch label Brilliant has specialized in low-cost encyclopedic recording cycles, and with this release the label undertakes one of the biggest projects possible in the Renaissance field: a complete recording of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. This English collection contains just short of 300 pieces, of which 35 are included on this release, designated as Vol. 1. The book covers keyboard pieces from the 1560s to the 1610s by a variety of composers. Its origin is obscure; one possible compiler was a Catholic recusant named Francis Tregian the Younger, who was thrown in London's Fleet Prison and thus had a lot of time on his hands. The question of how he might have gathered all the music he copied out remains open; the booklet here presents the most popular theory: that he had the chance to obtain most of it before actually going to prison. The prolific Dutch keyboardist Pieter-Jan Belder, not exactly subtle but powerful, clean, and compelling, finds a good mean between running through the pieces in order and grouping them stolidly by genre, neither of which would be very satisfactory to buyers of individual volumes in the series. He offers works by a variety of composers and in a variety of genres, but includes several pairs of pieces that belong together. These include not only Pavan/Galliard pairs but also examples like the virtuoso variation set Barafostus' Dreame by Thomas Tomkins (CD 2, track 15) and an anonymous simplification of it (CD 2, track 11). The former track is a good one to sample for a taste of Belder's muscular approach. Playing copies of Dutch and Italian harpsichords of the period, he gets a big sound and isn't afraid to tweak the tempo a bit in promoting a sense of excitement and keyboard flash. The bottom line: although the primary clientele for this big series may be libraries and other reference collections, this two-disc set can also be enjoyed by anyone who likes early keyboard music.
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Pieter-Jan Belder

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1
Walsingham, I
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:15:51

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

2
Fantasia, CXXIX
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:05:09

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Giles Farnaby, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

3
Piper's Paven, CLXXXII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:05:15

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Martin Peerson, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

4
Piper's Galliard, CLXXXII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:14

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

5
Pavana Ph.Tr., XCIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:05:41

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - William Byrd, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

6
Galliarda, XCIV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:01:59

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - William Byrd, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

7
Pavana Pagget, LXXIV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:07:13

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Peter Philips, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

8
Galiarda, LXXV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:29

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Peter Philips, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

9
Praeludium, XLIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:01:37

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

10
Gloria tibi trinitas, XLIV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:58

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

11
Toccata, XCV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:04:00

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Giovanni Picchi, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

12
Pawles Wharfe, CXIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:18

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Giles Farnaby, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

13
(Fantastic) Pavana, XXXIV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:06:45

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

14
(Fantastic) Galiarda, XLVIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:33

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

15
A Grounde, CXXX
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:07:05

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Thomas Tomkins, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

16
Pavana, CCXCII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:03:00

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Orlando Gibbons, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

17
The Leaves Bee Greene, CCLI
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:03:30

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - William Inglot, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

18
The Bells, LXIX
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:06:52

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - William Byrd, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

19
Goe from My Window, XLII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:05:25

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Munday, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

20
Fantasia, VIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:05:08

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - William Byrd, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

21
Coranto, CCXLII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:00:59

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - William Byrd, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

22
Amarilli di Julio Romano, LXXXII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:03:30

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Peter Philips, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

23
The Old Spagnoletta, CCLXXXIX
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:01:00

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Giles Farnaby, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

24
Pavana, CCLXXXV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:06:53

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Giles Farnaby, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

25
Nowel's Galliard, CCXLIV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:01:38

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Composer Unknown, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

26
Barafostus' Dreame, XVIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:39

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Composer Unknown, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

27
The King's Hunt, LIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:25

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Giles Farnaby, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

28
Muscadin, CCXCIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:01:24

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Giles Farnaby, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

29
Fantasia, LXXXIX
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:02:54

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Nicholas Strogers, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

30
Barafostus' Dreame, CXXXI
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:06:05

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Thomas Tomkins, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

31
In Nomine, XXXVII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:03:19

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

32
The King's Hunt, CXXXV
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:04:00

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

33
Johnson's Medley, CCXLIII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:03:59

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Edward Johnson, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

34
In Nomine, CXIX
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:06:17

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - John Bull, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

35
The Fall of the Leafe, CCLXXII
Pieter-Jan Belder
00:01:17

Pieter-Jan Belder, Performer - Martin Peerson, Composer

2012 Brilliant Classics

DISC 2

1
Pavana
00:03:00

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

2
The Leaves bee greene
00:03:30

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

3
The Bells
00:06:52

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

4
Goe from My Window
00:05:25

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

5
Fantasia
00:05:08

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

6
Coranto
00:00:59

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

7
Amarilli di Julio Romano
00:03:30

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

8
The Old Spagnoletta
00:01:00

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

9
Pavana
00:06:53

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

10
Nowel's Galliard
00:01:38

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

11
Barafostus' Dreame
00:02:39

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

12
The K(ing's) Hunt
00:02:25

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

13
Muscadin
00:01:24

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

14
Fantasia
00:02:54

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

15
Barafostus' Dreame
00:06:05

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

2012 Brilliant Classics

Album Description

Dutch label Brilliant has specialized in low-cost encyclopedic recording cycles, and with this release the label undertakes one of the biggest projects possible in the Renaissance field: a complete recording of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. This English collection contains just short of 300 pieces, of which 35 are included on this release, designated as Vol. 1. The book covers keyboard pieces from the 1560s to the 1610s by a variety of composers. Its origin is obscure; one possible compiler was a Catholic recusant named Francis Tregian the Younger, who was thrown in London's Fleet Prison and thus had a lot of time on his hands. The question of how he might have gathered all the music he copied out remains open; the booklet here presents the most popular theory: that he had the chance to obtain most of it before actually going to prison. The prolific Dutch keyboardist Pieter-Jan Belder, not exactly subtle but powerful, clean, and compelling, finds a good mean between running through the pieces in order and grouping them stolidly by genre, neither of which would be very satisfactory to buyers of individual volumes in the series. He offers works by a variety of composers and in a variety of genres, but includes several pairs of pieces that belong together. These include not only Pavan/Galliard pairs but also examples like the virtuoso variation set Barafostus' Dreame by Thomas Tomkins (CD 2, track 15) and an anonymous simplification of it (CD 2, track 11). The former track is a good one to sample for a taste of Belder's muscular approach. Playing copies of Dutch and Italian harpsichords of the period, he gets a big sound and isn't afraid to tweak the tempo a bit in promoting a sense of excitement and keyboard flash. The bottom line: although the primary clientele for this big series may be libraries and other reference collections, this two-disc set can also be enjoyed by anyone who likes early keyboard music.
© TiVo

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