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The Early Byrd Vol 1 / I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Sophie Yates

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Attollite portas (also anthems
>Byrd, William : Triumph with pleasant melody voices, consort song for voices & 4 viols
>Byrd, William : O Lord, how vain
>Byrd, William : All in a garden green, MB 56
>Byrd, William : Domine secundum actum meum, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : Truth at the first
>Byrd, William : Who likes to love, consort song for voice & 4 viols
>Byrd, William : Wolsey's Wild (Wilson's Wild), variations for keyboard, MB 37
>Byrd, William : Da mihi auxilium, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : Farewell false love, song for voice & 4 viols
>Byrd, William : O mistress mine, for keyboard, MB 83
>Byrd, William : Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : My mind to me a kingdom is
>Byrd, William : Lavolta (Lady Morley), for keyboard no 1 in G minor, MB 90
>Byrd, William : Ad Dominum cum tribularer, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB) (text missing)
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This disc adopts an imaginative approach to programming Byrd's music by presenting works in different genres grouped together to demonstrate a single stage in his development. It includes Latin motets, keyboard dances and variations on popular songs of the day, and sacred and secular songs (and a dialogue) with viols. There's so much here that wins our admiration: the dazzling contrapuntal elaboration of Attollite portas, the close-knit texture of Da mihiauxilium and the massive Ad Dominum cum tribularer; the exuberant variations on O mistressmine (neatly played by Sophie Yates) and Byrd's melodic gift in the strophic O Lord, how vain.

The singers' adoption of period pronunciation - for example, 'rejoice' emerges as 'rejwace' - affects the tuning and the musical sound, it's claimed here, but without rather clearer enunciation the point remains not proven. Probably more upsetting to many will be the Anglicised pronunciation of Latin.

The viol consort gives stylish support and is well balanced, the Fagiolini sopranos occasionally 'catch the mike' on high notes (eg in the passionate pleas of Miserere mihi, Domine), and the recorded level of the virginals might have been a little higher without falsifying its tone. But these are minor criticisms of a most rewarding disc.



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>Byrd, William : Attollite portas (also anthems :: "Let us arise" & "Lift up your heads"), motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Triumph with pleasant melody voices, consort song for voices & 4 viols
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Richard Roberts
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : O Lord, how vain
  • Performer: Anna Crookes (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Byrd, William : All in a garden green, MB 56
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Domine secundum actum meum, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Truth at the first
  • Performer: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Who likes to love, consort song for voice & 4 viols
  • Performer: Anna Crookes (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Wolsey's Wild (Wilson's Wild), variations for keyboard, MB 37
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590

>Byrd, William : Da mihi auxilium, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Farewell false love, song for voice & 4 viols
  • Performer: Robin Blaze
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : O mistress mine, for keyboard, MB 83
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : My mind to me a kingdom is
  • Performer: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Lavolta (Lady Morley), for keyboard no 1 in G minor, MB 90
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Ad Dominum cum tribularer, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB) (text missing)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Waterloo (11/28/1994-11/30/1994)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance