Philips: Keyboard music

Keyboard Music by Peter Philips
Paul Nicholson (harpsichord, virginal)
Hyperion 66734 (The English Orpheus, Vol. 25)


  1. Chi fara fed'al cielo
  2. Pavan (1580)
  3. Galliard
  4. Tirsi morir volea
  5. Freno Tirsi il desio
  6. Così morirò
  7. Aria del Gran Duca
  8. Pavan Pagget
  9. Galliard Pagget
  10. Veni Sancte Spiritus
  11. Fece da voi partita
  12. Pavan Dolorosa Tregian
  13. Galliard Tregian
  14. Bon jour mon cueur
  15. Almande Tregian
  16. Passamezzo Pavan
  17. Galliard Passamezzo
  18. Fantasia in G

Playing time: 71'

Recording date: December 1993

Instruments: Italian harpsichord, Ransom / Hammett (after Grimaldi, c.1700); Virginals, Brant O'Brien (after Ruckers 1598)

Peter Philips (c.1560-1628) was one of the finest English composers of the era, in all the genres of the time. He spent most of his career on the Continent for religious reasons. This performance includes all of Philips' most famous pieces (the Pavan & Galliard pairs and the Fantasia) as well as many of the song & motet settings.

Other recordings of Philips' keyboard music:

Philips: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1
Siegbert Rampe
MD+G 341 1257
Philips: Harpsichord Music
Anneke Uittenbosch
Etcetera 45609
Philips: Harpsichord Works
Elizabeth Farr
Naxos 8.557864

A recording devoted to consort music (mostly arrangements of these keyboard compositions):

Consort Music by Peter Philips
The Parley of Instruments - Peter Holman
Hyperion 66240 (English Orpheus, Vol. 24)

A recording of choral music:

Philips: Paradisus Sacris Cantionibus
Currende Vocal Ensemble - Erik Van Nevel
Accent 8862

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Todd M. McComb