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William Byrd: Complete Consort Music / Phantasm

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Fantasia no 3
>Byrd, William : Browning a 5, for instrumental consort ("The Leaves Bee Greene")
>Byrd, William : Te lucis a 4, for instrumental consort, no 2
>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 5, for instrumental consort no 3
>Byrd, William : Christe Redemptor a 4
>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 5, for instrumental consort no 4
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 4, for instrumental consort in G major (first part only)
>Byrd, William : Sermone blando a 4 no 2, MB 130
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 5, for instrumental consort in C major
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 6, for instrumental consort no 1 in G minor
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 3, for instrumental consort no 1 in C major
>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux a 4, for instrumental consort no 1
>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 5, for instrumental consort no 2
>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux a 4, for instrumental consort no 2
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 3 no 1 in C major
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 6, for instrumental consort no 2 in G minor
>Byrd, William : Miserere a 4
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 4, for instrumental consort in D minor (doubtful)
>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux a 4, for instrumental consort no 3
>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es no 1
>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 4 no 1
>Byrd, William : Pavan and Galliard a 6 in C major
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 6, for instrumental consort no 3 in G minor
>Byrd, William : Sermone blando a 4, for instrumental consort, no 2
>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 3, for instrumental consort no 2 in C major
>Byrd, William : Prelude and Ground a 5
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Notes & Reviews:

William Byrd was one of the most celebrated Elizabethan composers of the Renaissance. Now available on CD is the only complete collection of William Byrd's consort music, including new hymn settings that have been recorded for the first time. Gramophone magazines raves, "The results on this disc are stunning" - the International Record Review calls the album, "A sheer delight."

"With perfect balance, immaculate tuning and exquisitely mathematical rhythm, phantasm reveal the genius in Byrd. While one viol takes the steady plainsong theme in the In Nomines the others move around it, at first decorously, then, unable to resist, dancingly." -Classic FM

"Laurence Dreyfus (himself something of a Renaissance man), combines rigorous intellect with sensitive musicianship...Ensemble and intonation are flawless; keen rhythms and feather-light bowing give a lightness of touch to the dances. The recorded balance is acutely judged, too, ensuring that Byrd's contrapuntal lines are always distinct." -BBC Music Magazine

"The playing is quite simply divine. Phantasm have long been known for their musical precision, to which they bring to this music a warm, woody, soft-edged articulation that suits it very well. The pacing of individual pieces and sections within them seems particularly sensitively judged and Byrd's textures sublimely balanced." -Gramophone

The Independent on Sunday
Phantasm's new recording is intoxicating... In three, four, five and six parts, the blend, balance, ensemble and tuning is faultless, the sound sweet but never cloying

David Smith, Presto Classical, October 2014
The Phantasm ensemble, led by musicologist Laurence Dreyfus, have made something of a speciality of Tudor and Renaissance consort music. Here they perform Byrd's whole output of consort works, demonstrating a side to the composer that is not often heard. The counterpoint that characterises his style (particularly in the in nomines) is clearly delineated and the sound is appropriately rich in melancholy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010).



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Fantasia no 3
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Browning a 5, for instrumental consort ("The Leaves Bee Greene")
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1590

>Byrd, William : Te lucis a 4, for instrumental consort, no 2
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 5, for instrumental consort no 3
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Christe Redemptor a 4
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 5, for instrumental consort no 4
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 4, for instrumental consort in G major (first part only)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Sermone blando a 4 no 2, MB 130
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 5, for instrumental consort in C major
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 6, for instrumental consort no 1 in G minor
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 3, for instrumental consort no 1 in C major
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux a 4, for instrumental consort no 1
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 5, for instrumental consort no 2
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux a 4, for instrumental consort no 2
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 3 no 1 in C major
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 6, for instrumental consort no 2 in G minor
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Miserere a 4
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 4, for instrumental consort in D minor (doubtful)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux a 4, for instrumental consort no 3
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es no 1
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : In Nomine a 4 no 1
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Pavan and Galliard a 6 in C major
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 6, for instrumental consort no 3 in G minor
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Pavan and Galliard a 6 in C major
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590

>Byrd, William : Sermone blando a 4, for instrumental consort, no 2
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia a 3, for instrumental consort no 2 in C major
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude and Ground a 5
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England (09/06/2010-09/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance