Released: Jun 2013
Label: Steinway and Sons
What was the avant-garde like in the 1600s? To find out, just go to pianist Alan Feinberg's super-fast reading of baroque composer John Bull's composition "Galliard (Musica Britannica, Vol. 19, No. 78)." Driven by whizzing contrapuntal lines that flirt with the outer edges of harmonic practice for the era, Feinberg makes everything sing on a modern piano (instead of on a harpsichord). "St. Thomas Wake Pavan and Galliard" has the blitz-style goods, too, in his hands. Feinberg rounds out the album with pieces by Bull's contemporaries (think Byrd and Gibbons). But it's the Bull that drives him.