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Byrd: Infelix ego

Audio Samples

>Byrd, William : Venite, exultemus Domino, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Visita quaesumus Domine, motet for 4 voices (SSAT)
>Byrd, William : Domine, salva nos, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
>Byrd, William : Haec dies, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
>Byrd, William : Cunctis diebus, motet for 6 voices (SMezATBarB)
>Byrd, William : Propers for the Mass of the Feast of All Saints, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
>Byrd, William : Deo Gratias, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Byrd, William : Afflicta pro peccatis, motet for 6 voices (SAATBarB)
>Byrd, William : Cantate Domino, motet for 6 voices (SSATBB)
>Byrd, William : Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, motet for 6 voices (SSATBB)

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Venite, exultemus Domino, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Visita quaesumus Domine, motet for 4 voices (SSAT)
>Byrd, William : Domine, salva nos, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
>Byrd, William : Haec dies, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
>Byrd, William : Cunctis diebus, motet for 6 voices (SMezATBarB)
>Byrd, William : Propers for the Mass of the Feast of All Saints, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
>Byrd, William : Deo Gratias, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Byrd, William : Afflicta pro peccatis, motet for 6 voices (SAATBarB)
>Byrd, William : Cantate Domino, motet for 6 voices (SSATBB)
>Byrd, William : Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, motet for 6 voices (SSATBB)
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The final volume of The Cardinall's Musick's award-winning Byrd series includes some of the composer's most sublime and adventurous music, drawn in the main from the 1591 Cantiones Sacrae collection. Throughout this series it has become evident that a comprehensive survey such as this shows the genius of the composer in a uniquely effective way. Andrew Carwood describes Byrd as the greatest composer of the age as he writes, "If there is an English musician who comes close to Shakespeare in his consummate artistry, his control over so many genres and his ability to speak with emotional directness it must be William Byrd."

"Hyperion has done Byrd proud: to Davitt Moroney's award-winning traversal of the complete keyboard music we can now add 13 volumes devoted to all of his sacred music. The membership of The Cardinall's Musick has remained virtually unchanged in the many years it's taken to complete. As with the last few volumes, this final instalment combines excerpts from the 1591 Cantiones sacrae and the Propers from Feast of All Saints from the later, monumental Gradualia of 1605/07. It's a mixture also of the celebratory, as though the singers were congratulating themselves on a job well done - as well they might - and the penitential, concluding with the full ensemble in a finely judged and quite extrovert Infelix ego, surely one of Byrd's most memorable motets.

Yet the same might be said of so much of this music, the craftsmanship of which is impeccable, and the expression seemingly so heartfelt (try the marvellously restrained Iustorum animae, for example). Most of it's taken with trebles on the top lines (as the spirited opener, Venite exultemus Domino) but when the line-up consists only of men (as in Domine, non sum dignus and Domine salva nos), the blend of voices is perhaps still more convincing. There is and has been much to praise, and at a time when early music ensembles are finding it increasingly difficult to get concerts or make records, the commitment of singers and label alike is a cause for gratitude, perhaps even optimism. Congratulations to all concerned." -Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Early Music winner & Recording of the Year

'Hyperion has done Byrd proud ... It's a mixture also of the celebratory, as though the singers were congratulating themselves on a job well done - as well they might - and the pentitential, concluding with the full ensemble in a finely judged and quite extrovert Infelix ego, surely one of Byrd's most memorable motets ... The commitment of singers and label alike is a cause for gratitude, perhaps even optimism. Congratulations to all concerned' (Gramophone)

'The Cardinall's Musick pays tribute to the whole landscape of Byrd's genius with a passion that ends the project on a high. As with the earlier instalments, Andrew Carwood's direction and programming are equally inspired ... The centrepiece is the searing Infelix ego; here, the recusant Byrd explores a martyr's preparation for death, taking the listener through every emotional extreme before transcending the built-up tension in a glorious coda. The musical imagination of The Cardinall's Musick does full justice to that of Byrd. Unique about this ensemble is its expressiveness, whether members sing seamlessly as one or tug at each other's lines. The group's delivery is a sensual delight' (BBC Music Magazine)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009).



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>Byrd, William : Venite, exultemus Domino, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1591

>Byrd, William : Visita quaesumus Domine, motet for 4 voices (SSAT)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Domine, salva nos, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1591

>Byrd, William : Haec dies, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Cunctis diebus, motet for 6 voices (SMezATBarB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Propers for the Mass of the Feast of All Saints, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Byrd, William : Deo Gratias, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Afflicta pro peccatis, motet for 6 voices (SAATBarB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Cantate Domino, motet for 6 voices (SSATBB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Byrd, William : Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, motet for 6 voices (SSATBB)
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (04/27/2009-04/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral