Bertrand Cuiller on the harpsichord and virginal performs works by Byrd

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COMPOSERS: Byrd
LABELS: Alpha
ALBUM TITLE: Byrd
WORKS: Pescodd Time; The Queen’s Alman; In Nomine; Pavan; Galiard; Three French Corantos etc; plus Philips and Bull
PERFORMER: Bertrand Cuiller (harpsichord, virginal)
CATALOGUE NO: 319 (2005)

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Cuiller contrasts plummy virginals with harpsichord in a recital of Byrd favourites, sandwiching Philips’s Pavana and Galiarda Dolorosa, outstandingly the most touching pieces, particularly given their often yearningly dissonant tuning.

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George Pratt