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Ruckers 1604

Ruckers 1604

Ruckers 1604
Marco Vitale, original Ruckers spinet-virginal (built 1604)


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The virginal is a keyboard instrument with plucked strings, as in a harpsichord but usually smaller, oblong in shape, normally with only one set of strings which run parallel to the keyboard, tuned at 8 foot pitch or at a variety of higher pitches. This keyboard instrument was called different names in various countries at different periods.
The virginal recorded in this CD, or spinet to be more historically correct, was built in Antwerp in the workshop of the brothers Joannes and Andreas Ruckers. The date 1604 can be found among the painted decoration on its soundboard. The original signature has been lost together with the jack rail and rose but, from the style of this painted decoration, we can be sure that it is typical of the early period of the instruments signed by Joannes Ruckers.
The Ruckers 1604 spinet, discovered in central Italy around the year 2000, now occupies a unique place among our musical heritage, as it is the only 6 foot Ruckers spinet restored to its original sounding condition. It enables us to open a window to the once lost sound world of a glorious and unrepeatable moment in our music tradition and history.

ayros | RARITAS

AYROS RARITAS is a collection of recordings focusing on rare instruments.
The recorded instruments belong to private collections of which in some instances only a few examples exist in the world. We travel around Europe to bring their wonderful and unique sounds to the ears of listeners through the hands of skilled performers. The chosen repertoire is specifically matched to the instrument to highlight its special qualities.
Our first release features a recording of an original Ruckers spinet from 1604. This instrument has miraculously survived to this present day and, after many years of research and preparation, has been restored to a playable state.


1. Fantasia Chromatica (Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon)
2. Ballo del Granduca (Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon)
3. Fortune (Byrd, William)
4. La Volta (Byrd, William)
5. Paduana Lachrimae (Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon)
6. Onder een Linde Groene (Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon)
7. Primerose (Peerson, Martin)
8. The Fall of the Leafe (Peerson, Martin)
9. The Bells (Byrd, William)
10. More Palatino (Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon)
11. Engelse Fortuyn (Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon)
12. Jhon come kisse me now (Byrd, William)


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