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Excepcional: 'In his hands, the music flows with a singular grace and of the best albums dedicated to the keyboard music of Byrd.'
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MusicWeb International
'To sum up, this is as fine a single CD selection of Byrd’s keyboard music as you will find anywhere...inventive, spicy and interesting.'
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American Record Guide
'This performance should challenge anyone’s preconceptions about the limits of a harpsichord’s evocative powers. It just takes a player with this level of imagination.'
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MusicWeb International
'Richard Egarr’s new release of Byrde’s keyboard music is especially welcome.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'Richard Egarr explores with affection and intelligence the rich world of Byrd's keyboard music, on a modern copy of a Ruckers harpsichord. Bells is a real gem.'
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Choice: 'An outstanding celebration of Byrd as one of the first keyboard greats from a harpsichord player who holds the greatest love and respect for the composer’s music in all its forms.'
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Res Musica
'Le génie contrapuntique de Byrd est particulièrement mis en évidence dans la grande pièce sur Ut, ré, mi, fa, sol, la, où l’hexacorde ascendant sert de prétexte à une véritable gymnastique mentale en dix-sept variations.'
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Early Music Review
'These are given performances whose lyricism belies the stark titles...The conclusion of BK 9 is quite exquisite in Egarr’s hands.'
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5/6: '...he has an understanding of what makes the music of one of the great European renaissance composers come to life.'
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All Music
4½ Stars
'...a vivid portrait of perhaps the most original and influential keyboard composer before Johann Sebastian Bach.'
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The Sunday Times
'It’s breathtakingly inventive music, and played accordingly.'
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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande - Classics Unwrapped

08 July 2018
BBC Radio Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
Jamie MacDougall

As for my Album of the Week. It’s a solo debut disc on Linn records from Early music specialist Richard Egarr playing the harpsichord – it’s called One Byrde In Hande; an album dedicated to one of England’s most important renaissance composers William Byrd. Here’s Richard Egarr playing a very stately prelude. It’s quite a sound that isn’t it? Richard Egarr really enjoying spreading those chords in William Byrd’s prelude. I know it was a very short track but it’s the first of many from my Album of the Week. It’s called One Byrde in Hande and it’s on the Linn Records label. 

Here’s more from my Album of the Week, Richard Egarr plays the music of renaissance man William Byrd on the harpsichord. It’s on Linn Records and it’s rather cleverly named One Byrde in Hande and that’s got an ‘e’ at the end of it. Richard Egarr is one of the country’s best known and respected early music musicians – conductor, solo-keyboardist, often in Scotland leading the SCO from the old harpsichord. As a soloist he regularly appears at some of the biggest concert halls like Carnegie Hall in NY. I’ve met and interviewed Richard Egarr a few times and his enthusiasm for what he does, his playing and the music is infectious and he loses none of that in this recording. He enjoys, even relishes the rich embellishments that are abound in Byrd’s music. 

It’s a terrific sound in full flight isn’t it. William Byrd’s Pavan and Galliard.

This piece has been with Richard Egarr his whole career as a harpsichordist. The Bells brilliantly brings to life the bell ringing tradition of Lincoln Cathedral goes back to the middle ages. The skill of the bell ringers could make a sequence or they call it peals last as long as 2 hours. This only takes 6 minutes but the intricacy of the exchanges are captured brilliantly. William Byrd started his musical life at Lincoln Cathedral and going by this he knew those peals very well indeed.

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