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Byrd: Assumpta es Maria / Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Propers for the Mass of the Nativity of the Virgin, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
>Byrd, William : Quem terra, pontus, aethera
>Byrd, William : Salve regina
>Byrd, William : O gloriosa Domina
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 1
>Byrd, William : Memento, salutis auctor
>Byrd, William : Salve sola Dei genetrix
>Byrd, William : Ave maris stella
>Byrd, William : Propers for the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In this latest volume from The Cardinall's Musick's acclaimed Byrd series, the composer's overtly Catholic agenda is clearly displayed. All of the music on this disc is drawn from the first volume of Gradualia published in 1605. The music is a world away from the dark broodings of the Cantiones Sacrae from 1589 and 1591. In these later publications Byrd achieves a fusion of styles, mixing the energy, wordpainting and rhythmic vitality of the secular madrigal tradition with the spirituality and liturgical context of words from the Mass and Divine Office.

'Some of Byrd's best writing, with complex imitation enlived by madrigal-style word settings. The Cardinall's Musick seize on the subtleties and expressiveness of these settings ... The inventiveness and depth of this recording outweigh its rare longeurs' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Some of the three-part hymns are masterly in their technical assurance, setting the voices free to wander and with the lightness of touch recalling them to the fold for a cadence ... Exquisitely wrought ... To the singers and their director is due an additional hymn of praise' (Gramophone)

'The Cardinall's Musick under Andrew Carwood show the deep feeling as well as the dignity of these illicit and originally secret settings' (The Independent on Sunday)

'Sublime music, then, an inspired and inspiring director and a series that Hyperion rescued from another label and has persevered with against all odds' (International Record Review)

'Carwood has given us a series of Byrd recordings that will be a monument when he has finished, and this is a worthy part of the series... Don't wait to add this to our collection' (Fanfare, USA)

'The Cardinall's Musick continues its odyssey through Byrd's vocal output ... The singing here is clean and balanced, with no attempt to make women's voices resemble those of boys' (Sunday Times)



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>Byrd, William : Propers for the Mass of the Nativity of the Virgin, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
  • Performers: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano); Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Patrick Craig (Countertenor); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Byrd, William : Quem terra, pontus, aethera
  • Performers: Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); David Gould (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Salve regina
  • Performers: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano); Patrick Craig (Countertenor); Robert MacDonald (Bass); William Balkwill (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : O gloriosa Domina
  • Performers: Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); David Gould (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 1
  • Performers: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano); Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Patrick Craig (Countertenor); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Byrd, William : Memento, salutis auctor
  • Performers: Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); David Gould (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Salve sola Dei genetrix
  • Performers: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano); Cecilia Osmond (Soprano); Julian Stocker (Tenor); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Ave maris stella
  • Performers: Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); David Gould (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Propers for the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
  • Performers: Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); David Gould (Voice); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/10/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605