A wonderful set
This is a wonderful collection of Byrd's keyboard music. Although he is better known for his polyphony, Byrd wrote a great deal of very fine music for harpsichord, virginal and other keyboard instruments of the time; this is some of the best of it, played on the harpsichord by a real master of the instrument.
The 3CD set is a wonderful, varied sequence of mature works by Byrd, Nos. 1-25 being largely pavans and galliards and Nos 26-42 fantasias and variations. There is a wealth of wonderful stuff here, showing what a truly great, innovative and imaginative composer Byrd was. It is played superbly by Hogwood, with real sensitivity and insight - and it goes without saying that he has the technique and virtuosity to allow every nuance of feeling and atmosphere to shine through.
The recording is lovely, giving a fabulous rich sound with none of the tinniness which sometimes afflicts harpsichord recitals. Hogwood's own notes are full, very interesting and very readable, and it's a really good set all round. Very warmly recommended.