Second volume of a unique project: the first complete recording of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book! The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is the largest surviving collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean keyboard music, comprising more than 300 works, written by various composers, including such celebrities as John Bull, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and J.P. Sweelinck.
This second volume is dedicated to William Byrd, and contains the famous Walsingham variations, and the variations on the popular tune “The Carman’s Whistle”, music of great virtuosity and ingenuity. A great achievement of Pieter‐Jan Belder, one of the most respected and frequently recorded keyboard (harpsichord, clavichord, virginal, organ, hammerklavier) players of today.
His recordings of Bach, Rameau, CPE Bach and Scarlatti (complete Sonatas!) have met with great critical acclaim in the international press.
Belder plays a unique original Ruckers instrument from 1604, the details of which are described in the extensive liner notes in the booklet.
Volume 1 was issued on BC94303.