William Byrd (c.1543 – 1623) was considered by his contemporaries to be a musician without peer. The music he wrote for voices to sing is generally recognized as his chief glory. While there are no transcriptions of chansons or song intabulations among his instrumental works, every moving line in one of his fantasies or pavans is in essence a wordless voice, having different registers and needing breath. Presented here by acclaimed harpsichordist Colin Tilney is a delectable assortment of keyboard works highlighting the vocal character of Byrd’s writing including his exquisite setting of John Dowland’s famed Pavan "Lachrymae."
Nostalgia is a powerful tool in today’s music market, selling things back to their original markets in repackaged form, pulling in later adopters along the way. Into this fray of reformations and homages drops a new album from the doggedly evergreen Pet Shop Boys. It arrives on the back of a single, The Pop Kids, that trades hard on warm, fuzzy feelings for clublands of yore – the 90s to be precise – and a symposium on their work at Edinburgh University, which recently sought to endow The Pet Shops Boys’ three-decade marriage of art to pop with the kind of highbrow love afforded to the likes of Bowie. (Sample lecture: “Between revivalism and survivalism: the Pet Shop Boys’ New York City Boy, disco pastiche and the haunting of Aids”.)
Side project by Luca Anzilotti & Michael Munzing, which they started in 1986 and had a big success with their first single "Where Are You?". Sven Vath was only guest vocalist for "Where Are You?" and co-writer of the track "Too Fast To Live".