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Byrd: The Great Service / The CardinallÆs Musick, Andrew Carwood

Audio Samples

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
>Byrd, William : Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, anthem for 6 voices (SSATTB)
>Byrd, William : Unto the hills mine eyes I lift, anthem for 6 voices
>Byrd, William : Make ye joy to God, anthem for 5 voices (SSATB)
>Byrd, William : Turn our captivity, O Lord, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
>Byrd, William : This day Christ was born, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
>Byrd, William : Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, anthem for 6 voices (SSATTB)
>Byrd, William : Unto the hills mine eyes I lift, anthem for 6 voices
>Byrd, William : Make ye joy to God, anthem for 5 voices (SSATB)
>Byrd, William : Turn our captivity, O Lord, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
>Byrd, William : This day Christ was born, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Andrew Carwood and the Cardinall's Musick have recorded the complete Latin church music of William Byrd, the final volume of which won a Gramophone Record of the Year award. Now they turn to Byrd's English church music, a genre that shows the composer treading a path between his Catholicism and the requirements of the reformed Church of England. But far from sublimating Byrd's genius, this difficult situation gave rise to one of his most fertile periods. Written for ten voices, the Great Service is gorgeously lavish and grand - very different to the simple, unmelismatic style demanded by the Anglican clerics.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
I find the Carwood slighty better in polish and flow, the Ravens more colorful (the influence of the instruments) and more interesting with the division of the service into its three parts. Either will give you a very good idea of the greatness of a magnificent piece of music.

International Record Review, December 2012
This new recording is something special. Wheter it's because of the sheer experience of having sung so much of Byrd's music as to have assimilated his musical language utterly, or whether it's simply the raw musicianship and cultivated intelligence of the performers, there's a clarity and intensity in each verse that is spine-tingling.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/14/2011-11/16/2011).



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : The Great Service, for 5-10 voices
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The CardinallÆs Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/14/2011-11/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, anthem for 6 voices (SSATTB)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/14/2011-11/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Unto the hills mine eyes I lift, anthem for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/14/2011-11/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Make ye joy to God, anthem for 5 voices (SSATB)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/14/2011-11/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Turn our captivity, O Lord, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/14/2011-11/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : This day Christ was born, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/14/2011-11/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral