Glenn Gould - A Consort of Musicke Bye William Byrde & Orlando Gibbons





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ASON 14815

150 Gram Vinyl Record

150 Gram LP

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"The two northern masters represented by this disc, though united by a distinctively and imperishable English brand of conservatism, are not, all puns intended, byrds of a feather. They share an idiom but not an attitude; Gibbons plays the introspective Gustav Mahler to Byrd's more flamboyant Richard Strauss. For this reason, perhaps, Gibbons, though a virtuoso of repute among his fellows, never shows to best advantage in instrumental music. Byrd, on the other hand, though the creator of incomparable music for the voice, is also a patron saint of keyboard writing. He is, indeed, one of the 'naturals' – in his music, like that of Scarlatti, Chopin and Scriabin, no unfelicitous phrases need apply – and all of his prolific output for the keyboard is distinguished by a remarkable insight into the ways in which the human hand can most productively be employed upon it." – Glenn Gould

1. Byrd: First Pavan and Galliard
2. Gibbons: Fantasy in C
3. Gibbons: Allemande, or Italian Ground
4. Byrd: Highe Ashton's Ground
5. Byrd: Sixth Pavan and Galliard
6. Gibbons: 'Lord of Salisbury' Pavan and Galliard
7. Byrd: A Voluntary
8. Byrd: Sellinger's Round

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posted on 12/07/2007
5 Stars
This is really for those unacquainted with this wonderful repertoire who may have overlooked this great performance. In a nutshell, it will not disappoint and it will be a record to return to. Like the other Gould releases ( the 1955 Goldbergs,Bach fugues, Brahms intermezzi) this is a top notch interpretation , an excellent pressing with lots of presence and a great sense of what a piano should sound like. This gets a very enthusiastic recommendation.

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