Landor Records: LAN280

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25th June 2007




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Ye sacred muses - an elegy for Thomas Tallis

Lullaby, my sweet little baby

Come to me, grief, for ever

I Thought That Love Had Been A Boy

Crowned with flowres I saw faire Amarillis


The Leaves Be Greene


Can she excuse my wrongs? (First Booke of Songes, 1597)

Now, O now, I needs must part

Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

Fine knacks for ladies

In darkness let me dwell

Galilei, V:

La Volta

Gibbons, O:

The Silver Swan

Fantasia of four parts


The Fairie-round



April is in My Mistress' Face


Under The Greenwood Tree

The Indian Queen


If love's a sweet passion (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Man is for the woman made (from The Mock Marriage, Z605)

Dance for the Haymakers (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)

Paragon Saxophone Quartet

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A tantalising fusion of ancient and modern, ‘Byrdland’ explores the world of the Renaissance song accompanied by a modern-day saxophone quartet. All the songs on the disc were written by the great composers working in England in

the 16th and 17th centuries. Recent recordings by artists as diverse as Sting and Brian Asawa have partnered the singer with the more traditional lute.

William Byrd: Ye Sacred Muses

Ye Sacred Muses

John Dowland: Can She Excuse My Wrongs?

Can She Excuse My Wrongs?

John Dowland: Now, Oh Now I Needs Must Part

Now, Oh Now I Needs Must Part

Anthony Holborne: Galliard - The Fairy Rownde

Galliard - The Fairy Rownde

William Byrd: Lullaby


Anthony Holborne: Galliard


William Byrd: Come To Me Grief For Ever

Come To Me Grief For Ever

William Byrd: I Thought That Love Had Been a Boy

I Thought That Love Had Been a Boy

John Playford: Under The Greenwood Tree

Under The Greenwood Tree

Henry Purcell: If Love's A Sweet Passion

If Love's A Sweet Passion

Henry Purcell: Fairest Isle

Fairest Isle

John Playford: The Indian Queen

The Indian Queen

Henry Purcell: Man Is For The Woman Made

Man Is For The Woman Made

Henry Purcell: Dance for the Haymakers

Dance for the Haymakers

Orlando Gibbons: The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan

Vincenzo Galilei: La Volta

La Volta

John Dowland: Flow My Tears

Flow My Tears

Orlando Gibbons: Fantasia In 4 Parts

Fantasia In 4 Parts

William Byrd: Crowned With Flowers

Crowned With Flowers

John Dowland: Fine Knacks for Ladies

Fine Knacks for Ladies

John Danyel: The Leaves Be Green

The Leaves Be Green

Thomas Morley: April Is in My Mistress' Face

April Is in My Mistress' Face

John Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell

In Darkness Let Me Dwell

Henry Purcell: Evening Hymn

Evening Hymn

BBC Music Magazine

Proms 2007


“…the elegant phrasing and sumptuous tonal character of the Paragon Quartet's playing… combines the warm intimacy of a viol consort with the fruit richness of shawms and crumhorns. Zazzo has one of the most flawless, beautifully-controlled voices you could wish to hear. ...his sound and technique rival even Scholl's and his diction is excellent in this astute mixture of familiar and lesser-known pieces.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2007

“Zazzo's interpretation of the text and tasteful shaping of melody would grace any kind of performance style, and it is intriguing to hear some tenderly realised polyphonic lines delineated by the Paragon Saxophone Quartet. Byrd's "Lullaby" and Gibbon's "The Silver Swan" get an attractive alternative life here. ...a rare example of successfully reinventing "early" music.”

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