Gibbons: Music for Harpsichord & Virginals

Gibbons: Music for Harpsichord & Virginals
James Johnstone
AS&V "Gaudeamus" 191


  1. Prelude (MB IV)
  2. Ground (MB XXVI)
  3. The Italian Ground (MB XXVII)
  4. Pavan: Lord Salisbury (MB XVII)
  5. Galliard: Lord Salisbury (MB XIX)
  6. Fantasia (MB XIV)
  7. Alman: The King's Jewel (MB XXXVI)
  8. Whoop, do me no harm good man (MB XXXI)
  9. Galliard (MB XXV)
  10. Pavan (MB XVI)
  11. Fantasia (MB VIII)
  12. Fantasia (MB VI)
  13. Alman (MB XXXII)
  14. Mask: Welcome Home (MB XLII)
  15. Fantasia (MB XI)
  16. Pavan (MB XV)
  17. Galliard (MB XXL)
  18. Mask: The Fairest Nymph (MB XLIII)
  19. Pavan (MB XVI)
  20. Galliard (MB XXIV)
  21. Fantasia (MB V)
  22. Fantasia (MB IX)

Instruments: Harpsichord (tracks 3-6, 9-13, 16-22), Willem Kroesbergen (Utrecht, 1972) after Bartolomeo Stephanini (1694); Virginal (tracks 1-2, 7-8, 14-15), Adlam Burnett (Finchcocks, 1973) based on muselaar by Johannes Ruckers (Antwerp, 1611)

Playing time: 68'

Recording date: June 1988 (Weston Parish)

Gibbons' keyboard music is modest in proportion but very high in quality. Despite a relatively smaller output, he is always placed with Byrd & Bull in the triumvirate of England's greatest keyboard composers.

Other recordings devoted to Gibbons' keyboard music:

Gibbons: Selected Harpsichord Works
Richard Egarr
Globe 5168
The Woods so Wild
Gibbons: Keyboard Music
John Toll
Linn 125
Byrd / Gibbons: Harpsichord Works
Pavans & Galliards, Fantasias, Grounds
Laurent Stewart
Pierre Vérany 795051

And a complete rendition on piano:

Gibbons: Complete Keyboard Works
Daniel-Ben Pienaar
Deux-Elles 1126 (2 CDs)

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