Byrd - Infelix Ego | Hyperion CDA67779

Byrd - Infelix Ego


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA67779

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st February 2010



Volume 13 (final volume) in The Cardinallís Musick Byrd Edition.

The Cardinallís Musickís award-winning Byrd series reaches its final volume, which includes some of the composerís most sublime and adventurous music, drawn in the main from the 1591 Cantiones Sacrae collection. Throughout this series it has become evident that a comprehensive survey such as this shows the genius of the composer in a uniquely effective way: by demonstrating the extraordinary variety and unsurpassable quality of his musical and liturgical achievements.

Andrew Carwood defines Byrd as the greatest composer of the age in his booklet note - as he writes: ĎIf there is an English musician who comes close to Shakespeare in his consummate artistry, his control over so many genres and his ability to speak with emotional directness it must be William Byrd

The Ďtitle trackí of this volume, Infelix ego, is the crowning glory of Byrdís achievement as a composer of spiritual words and one of the greatest artistic statements of the sixteenth century. This remarkable text, taking the form of a number of rhetorical statements and questions, shows the whole gamut of emotion from a soul in torment - guilt, fear, embarrassment, anger, but crucially the gift of release when Christís mercy is accepted. It can be seen as a microcosm of Byrdís sacred music and a fitting crown to this series.

Praise for Volume 12 (Assumpta est Maria):
ĎSome of the three-part hymns are masterly in their technical assurance, setting the voices free to wander and with the lightness of touch recalling them to the fold for a cadence Ö exquisitely wrought Ö to the singers and their director is due an additional hymn of praiseí - Gramophone

ĎThe Cardinallís Musick under Andrew Carwood show the deep feeling as well as the dignity of these illicit and originally secret settingsí - The Independent on Sunday

ĎSublime music, then, an inspired and inspiring director and a series that Hyperion rescued from another label and has persevered with against all oddsí - International Record Review
International Record Review Outstanding Gramophone Award Winner Gramophone Editor's Choice

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