Byrd - Sacred Music | Hyperion CDA67568

Byrd - Sacred Music


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA67568

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 30th October 2006




It is Byrdís genius which first attracts musicians and listeners to his music: his fine command of invention and dramatic flow, his subtle melodies and harmonic turns mixed with a sophisticated understanding of the texts that he chose to set. Quite simply he was the finest composer of his age.

Andrew Carwood and The Cardinallís Musick have been engaged on a project to make the definitive recordings of William Byrdís Latin Church music. We are delighted to be able to issue this tenth discóthere will be three more to complete the seriesóon the Hyperion label.

The survey has now reached the highpoint of Byrdís creative achievement that is the 1591 Cantiones Sacrae publication from which we have seven works, culminating in the athletic extravagances of Laudibus in sanctis. From the 1605 Gradualia - the thread of Byrdís subversive liturgical legacy which has run through the whole of this series - we have a further nine motets, including the Propers for use at Lady Mass in Eastertide.
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