The Byrd Edition, Vol. 2: Propers for Christmas Day / Carwood, Skinner, Cardinall's Musick

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Ave regina caelorum, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Byrd, William : O salutaris hostia, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : Alleluia. Confitemini Domino, motet for 3 voices (ATB)
>Byrd, William : Work(s)
>Byrd, William : Puer natus est à 4
>Byrd, William : Viderunt... omnes terra, motet for 4 voices (SATB) (for Gradual, with "Dies Sanctificas")
>Byrd, William : Tui sunt coeli, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Byrd, William : Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Byrd, William : O admirabile commercium, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
>Byrd, William : Decantabat populus in Israel, motet for 5 voices (SATTB) (doubtful)
>Byrd, William : Deus, in adjutorium, motet for 6 voices (SMezAATB) (inc. but can be reconstructed)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

..I strongly urge anyone with an interest in choral music to add this to their collection (Choir & Organ) ASV proudly launched The Byrd Edition in October 1997. Volume 2 includes the Gradualia propers for the Nativity (which contains such remarkable motets as the Hodie Christus natus est). The eight motets that make up the program, many of them not otherwise available, include such gems as the large-scale setting of Psalm 119 (Ad Dominum) and the majestic 6-part Deus in adjutorium (for which the baritone part has been specially reconstructed).

"This second volume of The Cardinall's Musick's Byrd Edition is, if anything, more impressive than the first [ASV 170]. It may be a matter of programming, for the works recorded here seem to me of a higher overall calibre...The singers are on very fine form indeed...this is a disc to delight Byrd-lovers everywhere." -FF, Gramophone

HBDirect.com - Paul Ballyk, May 2012
Early music lovers can rejoice in the return of the ASV label to availability in the US. While only a small portion of the 300-plus titles that are in the ASV catalog are so far available here, it seems that those that have be re-introduced include the cream of ASV's considerable early music crop. Case in point is this magnificently sung and beautifully recorded second volume from The William Byrd Edition. In addition to the appeal of the elements of this project that were accomplished in the twentieth century, it is most certainly the work undertaken some 400 years ago that provides much of this album's pleasure. The compositions include such remarkable gems as the Hodie Christus natus est, and the majestic 6-part Deus in adjutorium. This disc is an absolute delight that early music collectors - nay, any lover of choral music - will welcome with open ears.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This second volume of The Cardinall's Musick's Byrd edition is, if anything, more impressive than the first. It may be a matter of programming, for the works recorded here seem to be of a higher overall calibre: even an obviously experimental piece such as O salutaris hostia could have been included on merit alone - yet this appears to be its first recording. Complete surveys sometimes turn up items of lesser interest, yet they also allow one to hear pieces that might have difficulty in finding a home elsewhere: witness the responsory, In exitu Israel, an intriguing collaborative effort by Byrd and his contemporaries, Mundy and Sheppard. Finally, one can judge for oneself the authenticity of works that modern scholarship has deemed doubtful (such as the opening Ave regina caelorum). Most of the pieces here involve male altos on the top line. The centrepiece is a collection of Propers from the Gradualia of 1607, this time for the Nativity. As on their first set, Skinner's and Carwood's decision to structure each volume around a set of Propers proves an astute piece of programming, integrating shorter items as it does (such as the various Alleluia settings) within a framework that allows them their own space. The singers are on very fine form indeed. It takes confidence to carry off Osalutaris hostia, whose fierce false relations could so easily have sounded merely wilful. Only in the final, extended settings does the pace flag: the disc's last moments are rather ponderous. That aside, this is a disc to delight Byrd-lovers everywhere.



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Ave regina caelorum, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : O salutaris hostia, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Alleluia. Confitemini Domino, motet for 3 voices (ATB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Work(s) :: In exitu Israel a4
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Puer natus est à 4
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1607

>Byrd, William : Viderunt... omnes terra, motet for 4 voices (SATB) (for Gradual, with "Dies Sanctificas")
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Tui sunt coeli, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1607

>Byrd, William : Viderunt... omnes terra, motet for 4 voices (SATB) (for Gradual, with "Dies Sanctificas")
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1607

>Byrd, William : O admirabile commercium, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1607

>Byrd, William : Decantabat populus in Israel, motet for 5 voices (SATTB) (doubtful)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Work(s) :: Alleluya. Laudate pueri Dominum a3
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Deus, in adjutorium, motet for 6 voices (SMezAATB) (inc. but can be reconstructed)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England (10/28/1996-11/01/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral