Britten & Byrd

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Britten & Byrd



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3rd Feb 2017




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Britten & Byrd


Missa Brevis in D major, Op. 63

Te Deum in C

Antiphon, Op. 56b

Jubilate Deo in C major (1961)

A Hymn of Saint Columba

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a


Nunc dimittis

O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

Ave verum Corpus

Laudibus in sanctis

Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles

The Queen's Alman

Quomodo cantabimus



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Led by Mark Williams, the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge continue their critically-praised series of recordings on Signum with this new recording of works by British composers Benjamin Britten and William Byrd.

Although their respective careers separated by 350 years, they shared one very significant characteristic: both were outsiders. As a devout Catholic Byrd was obliged to pursue a kind of double life, expressing his spiritual exile in music of emotional intensity. Like Byrd, Britten became highly regarded for his artistic achievements, but reservations regarding his homosexuality and pacifism prevented his complete acceptance by the establishment; both made him an outsider. The choir's sixth release on Signum, previous discs by the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge have drawn near universal praise from critics.

William Byrd: O Lord, Make thy Servant, Elizabeth Our Queen

O Lord, Make thy Servant, Elizabeth Our Queen

Benjamin Britten: Hymn of St Columba

Hymn of St Columba

William Byrd: Nunc dimittis

Nunc dimittis

Benjamin Britten: Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo

William Byrd: Ave verum corpus

Ave verum corpus

William Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis

Laudibus in sanctis

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Peter

Hymn to St Peter

William Byrd: Praise Our Lord all ye Gentiles

Praise Our Lord all ye Gentiles

Benjamin Britten: Antiphon


William Byrd: The Queen's Alman

The Queen's Alman

Benjamin Britten: Missa Brevis





Agnus Dei

William Byrd: Quomodo cantabimus

Quomodo cantabimus

Benjamin Britten: Te Deum in C

Te Deum in C

The Guardian

16th February 2017


“Byrd’s scraping harmonies often sound no older than Britten’s.The singing of Jesus Cambridge isn’t always sharply defined but it is warm and breathy, topped by excellent boy choristers and best in stately slow music such as Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2017

“a focused, sparkling performance”

Choir & Organ

April 2017


“A richly satisfying programme that shows the music and the performers to great effect… A disc well worth investigating”

MusicWeb International

April 2017

“The Byrd-Britten pairing is especially interesting, featuring fine performances of two composers whose music goes very well together”

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