Byrd - The Great Service and other English music
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Cat No: CDA67937
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st October 2012
WorksMake ye joy to God all the earth
Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles
The Great Service
This day Christ was born 'A Carroll for Christmas Day'
Turn our captivity, O Lord
Unto the hills mine eyes I lift
ArtistsThe Cardinallís Musick
The Great Service was described as Ďthe finest unaccompanied setting of the Service in the entire repertory of English church musicí upon its discovery in 1922. Written for ten voices, it is gorgeously lavish and grand - very different from the simple, unmelismatic style demanded by the Anglican clerics. Byrd did not publish it in his lifetime.
Also recorded here are five beautiful English settings on sacred themes, but probably written for performance in the home. They are masterpieces in miniature: each work is so distinctive and demonstrates Byrdís genius for word-painting, his typically Elizabethan wit and, of course, his imaginative handling of polyphony.
ĎRecordings by Cardinallís Musick of William Byrdís work have been a landmark worthy of one of Englandís greatest mastersí - The Guardian
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