Byrd & Bull - The Visionaries of Piano Music | Deutsche Grammophon 4860583

Byrd & Bull - The Visionaries of Piano Music


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4860583

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th July 2021



American pianist and composer Kit Armstrong steps back in time to revive the spirit of Elizabethan England. For his first album on Deutsche Grammophon, Kit Armstrong presents works by two composers who elevated instrumental music to new heights of refinement in the Golden Age of Elizabeth I and her successor James I.


Armstrong finds episodes, entr’actes and telling vignettes in music that is too often performed as a kind of relentless accumulation of mere notes and forward-driving energy. There is push and pull here, and even moments of suspended ennui. ... The historic perspective is broad, the stylistic understanding keen. But the freedom is maximal, which makes for a transformative view of this magisterial music.  Philip Kennicott
Gramophone August 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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