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Naked Byrd Two / Armonico Consort

Audio Samples

>Contractus, Hermanus : Salve Regina
>Monks, Christopher : The Spirit of Tallis, for voice, violin & chorus (after a theme by Tallis)
>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
>Hildegard of Bingen : Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita, antiphon
>Roberts, Jonathan : Never Seek to Tell Thy Love, for chorus
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus
>Hildegard of Bingen : O virtus Sapientiae, antiphon
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Versa est in luctum, motet for 6 voices (Missa Pro defunctis II)
>Buckley, David : Strengthen ye the weak hands, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 parts
>     Agnus Dei
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"

Album Summary

>Contractus, Hermanus : Salve Regina
>Monks, Christopher : The Spirit of Tallis, for voice, violin & chorus (after a theme by Tallis)
>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
>Hildegard of Bingen : Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita, antiphon
>Roberts, Jonathan : Never Seek to Tell Thy Love, for chorus
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus
>Hildegard of Bingen : O virtus Sapientiae, antiphon
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Versa est in luctum, motet for 6 voices (Missa Pro defunctis II)
>Buckley, David : Strengthen ye the weak hands, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 parts
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is compiled from Armonico Consort’s ‘Naked Byrd’ programme, featuring music by Tavener, Purcell, Barber and Byrd, composers who wore their hearts on their sleeves, and whose art saw their emotions laid bare, in an atmospheric concert where magical musical moments are intertwined with sublime passages of plainchant and violin improvisation. ‘Naked Byrd Two’ follows on from their December 2009 release (SIGCD180 – Naked Byrd). Armonico Consort is, at its heart, a highly talented vocal ensemble that stages a wide variety of concerts. The quality of the performances they stage is reflected in the praise they have recently received:

“An achingly beautiful selection.” -Classic FM

“Superb!” -The Times

“A Beautiful Sound” -BBC Radio 3

“perhaps most moving of all is the "Agnes Dei" section of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, re-scored by the composer for eight-part harmonies.”-The Independent

"Armonica Consort is a very capable choir, clearly responsive to its conductor's urgings and producing a lovely sound which does not need the heavy layers of resonance to enhance it." -International Record Review

"The choral blend and recorded balance are of demonstration quality. The music has a predominantly slow harmonic pulse, where vocal lines can float, suspensions can melt and the listener can relax and marvel at the singers' superb breath control and rock-steady intonation...[a] disc of unending delight" -Gramophone Magazine



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Works Details

>Contractus, Hermanus : Salve Regina
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Monks, Christopher : The Spirit of Tallis, for voice, violin & chorus (after a theme by Tallis)
  • Performer: Kelly McCusker (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1981

>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Hildegard of Bingen : Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita, antiphon
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Roberts, Jonathan : Never Seek to Tell Thy Love, for chorus
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1717-1719

>Hildegard of Bingen : O virtus Sapientiae, antiphon
  • Performer: Kirsteen Rogers
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Versa est in luctum, motet for 6 voices (Missa Pro defunctis II)
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Buckley, David : Strengthen ye the weak hands, for chorus
  • Performers: Peter Morton (Tenor); Rachel Robinson (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 parts :: Agnus Dei
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Notes: Composition written: 1592-93.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Ensemble: Armonico Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982