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William Byrd: The Great Service in the Chapel Royal / Steven Devine - Musica Contexta

> Gradualia, Book 2 (arr. for brass ensemble) - Constitues eos
> The Great Service - Venite
> Second Preces and Psalms - Second Preces and Psalms: Psalm 114: When Israel came out of Egypt
> The Great Service - Te Deum
> The Great Service - Benedictus
> Sing Joyfully unto God Our Strength - Sing Joyfully unto God Our Strength
> Gradualia, Book 2 (arr. for brass ensemble) - Nunc scio vere
> The Great Service - Kyrie
> Prelude in C major - Prelude in C major
> The Great Service - Creed
> Gradualia, Book 2 (arr. for brass ensemble) - Hodie Simon Petrus
> First Preces and Psalms - First Preces and Psalms: Psalm 47: O clap your hands together, all ye people
> The Great Service - Magnificat
> Verse in C major - Verse in C major
> The Great Service - Nunc dimittis
> O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth the Queen - O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth the Queen

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
>Byrd, William : When Israe came out of Egypt, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Byrd, William : Sing joyfully unto God our strength
>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in C major, MB 24
>Byrd, William : O clap your hands, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Byrd, William : Fantasia (Verse), for keyboard in C major, no 4, MB 28
>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Musica Contexta translates literally as 'music interwoven', reflecting the group's primary aim of presenting Renaissance music in the context of its original conception and function. The Great Service, consisting of settings of liturgical texts for Matins, Communion, and Evensong, is among the finest music by William Byrd for the Anglican Church. He wrote this grand-scale work for two five-part choirs who. The endless variety with which Byrd played with the available combinations gives the Great Service a kaleidoscopic character, which is very rare in late Renaissance music.

The Guardian
It's a fascinating piece of musical conjecture, even if the textures sometimes seem a little too overripe.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011).



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>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : When Israe came out of Egypt, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Sing joyfully unto God our strength
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in C major, MB 24
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : O clap your hands, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Fantasia (Verse), for keyboard in C major, no 4, MB 28
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Performer: Steven Devine (Organ)
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Upper Norwood, London, England (05/02/2011-05/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral