Byrd: O Lux beata Trinitas

This page lists all recordings of O Lux beata Trinitas, by William Byrd (1543-1623) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Anthems From Oxford

Anthems From Oxford


Attwood, T:

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

Battishill:

O Lord, look down from heaven

Boyce:

Wherewithal shall a young man

Byrd:

O Lux beata Trinitas

Croft:

We Will Rejoice In Thy Salvation

O Lord Rebuke Me Not

Elgar:

Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 No. 1

Gibbons, O:

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Greene, M:

O Clap Your Hands Together

Thou Visitest The Earth

Parry:

I was glad

Stanford:

If ye then be risen with Christ

Tomkins:

O Lord, let me know mine end

Tye:

My trust, O Lord, in thee is grounded

Wesley, S S:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace


A selection of popular anthems performed by one of the finest Anglican churches in the world, the multi Gramophone Award winning New College Choir.

Heritage - HTGCD217

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Tudor Anthems & Motets

Tudor Anthems & Motets


Byrd:

Haec dies

Ave verum Corpus

O Lux beata Trinitas

Miserere mei

O God give ear and do apply

Sing joyfully

Dering:

Factum est silentium

Farrant, R:

Call to remembrance, O Lord

Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Mudd:

Let thy merciful ears, O Lord

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Philips, P:

Ascendit Deus

Sheppard, J:

Libera Nos

Tallis:

Salvator mundi

If ye love me

Tomkins:

When David Heard

Weelkes:

O Lord Arise

Hosanna to the Son of David

White, Robert:

The Lord Bless Us


The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Timothy Brown perform Tudor Anthems and Motets by an array of sixteenth century composers including the ever popular Byrd and Tallis and the less familiar figures of Dering, Philips, Mudd and Farrant. Clare College Choir is one of the UK’s finest mixed choirs.

“Clear trebles in Tallis's Salvator, alive rhythms in Philips's Ascendit” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ***

Heritage - HTGCD216

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Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575

Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575


Byrd:

Emendemus in melius

Libera me, Domine, et pone

Peccantem me quotidie

Aspice, Domine quia facta est

Attollite portas

O Lux beata Trinitas

Laudate, pueri, Dominum

Memento homo

Siderum rector

SCTBarB

Libera me Domine de morte

Tribue, Domine

Te deprecor

Gloria patri qui creavit

Miserere mihi, Domini

Diliges Dominum

Domine secundum actum meum

Da mihi auxilium

Tallis:

Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 & 2

Absterge Domine

In manus tuas

Mihi autem nimis

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

O sacrum convivium

Derelinquat impius

Dum transisset sabbatum

Honor, Virtus et Potestas

Sermone blando angelus

Te lucis ante terminum

Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207

Suscipe quaeso Domine

Si enim iniquitates

In ieiunio et fletu

Candidi Facti Sunt

Te lucis ante terminum


In 1575 'Thomas 'Tallis then an 'aged man', and his pupil and friend William Byrd, who was in his mid to late 30s, paid tribute to Elizabeth 1 by selecting 17 motets each for their Cantiones Sacrae ('Sacred Songs'), the first major printed collection of music to be published in England.

Many of these works have since become staple in the repertoire of church and chamber choirs throughout the world.

This is the first recording to present the Cantiones in their entirety, by the same group of singers, and in the composers' original order of publication.

“Contrasts abound: Byrd’s florid three-section Tribue Domine is almost Marian in its vastness, while Tallis’s hymn setting O nata lux de lumine is brevity itself...The dozen singers perform expressively and blend beautifully throughout, while Skinner, who adopts a commonsense approach to pitch standards, injects passion into every note.” Sunday Times, 30th January 2011 ****

“They use solo voices throughout, mixed voices with a fairly open sound that brings with it more vibrato than we are used to hearing in such music nowadays...That results in performances that are refreshingly free of self-indulgence. Some of the big Byrd pieces in particular are very good indeed.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“The prevailing mood is penitential, but the pieces are never dull; there's much delight to be had in listening to the way the individual voice parts weave in and out...Skinner gets his singers to bring [the false relations] out so that they send shivers down your spine...[He] shapes the music extremely well.” Classic FM Magazine, March 2011 ****

“Homophonic passages impress with their splendour, enriched here by the chestnut hues of basses William Gaunt and Robert Macdonald. The clarity of line lays bare the ingenuity of counterpoint, no matter how thick the texture becomes - a formidable achievement in Byrd's 'double imitation' motets.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***

“This is the first time the Cantiones Sacrae has been recorded complete and 'in the original order intended by the composers themselves'...An auspicious beginning to a mighty undertaking.” International Record Review, May 2011

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2011

Obsidian Records - CD706

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Light of the Spirit

Light of the Spirit


 

Kontakion of the departed

O quanta qualia

Deep river

Steal away

Byrd:

Justorum animae

O Lux beata Trinitas

Davies, Walford:

Psalm 121 'I will lift up mine eyes'

Requiem aeternam

Despres:

Nunc Dimittis

Grechaninov:

Svyétye tíkhii (Hail, gladdening Light)

Gregorian Chant:

Domine Jesu Christe

In paradisum

Lumen

Requiem aeternam

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Faire is the heaven

Hildegard:

O coruscans lux stellarum

O felix anima

Holst:

The Evening-watch, H159

Nunc dimittis, H127

Ligeti:

Lux aeterna

Palestrina:

Christe, qui lux es et dies

Lucis Creator optime

Parry:

There is an old belief (No. 4 from Songs of Farewell)

Rachmaninov:

Nunc Dimittis

Rautavaara:

Ehtoohymni

Rutter:

Hymn to the Creator of Light

Schütz:

Selig sind die Toten, SWV391

Sheppard, J:

Audivi vocem de caelo

Tallis:

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

Te lucis ante terminum

Tavener:

Funeral Ikos

Tchaikovsky:

Svyétye tíkhii (Hail, gladdening Light)

Victoria:

O quam gloriosum, motet

White, Robert:

Christe qui lux es et dies

Wood, C:

Hail, gladdening Light


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Illumina

Illumina


Byrd:

O Lux beata Trinitas

Despres:

Nunc dimittis

Grechaninov:

Svyétye tíkhii (Hail, gladdening Light)

Gregorian Chant:

Lumen

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Hildegard:

O coruscans lux stellarum

Holst:

Nunc dimittis, H127

Ligeti:

Lux aeterna

Palestrina:

Christe, qui lux es et dies

Lucis Creator optime

Rachmaninov:

Nunc Dimittis

Rautavaara:

Ehtoohymni (Evening hymn)

Rutter:

Hymn to the Creator of Light

Tallis:

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

Te lucis ante terminum

Tchaikovsky:

Svyétye tíkhii (Hail, gladdening Light)

White, Robert:

Christe qui lux es et dies

Wood, C:

Hail, gladdening Light


“Retrospectively the disc's final item, Ligeti's Luxaeterna, dominates the recital. Not only does it make an indelible impression, but it also casts its light over the entire programme and style of singing.
To a listener who has not heard it before (a slightly smaller category than might be thought, as the piece was used in the film 2001: A SpaceOdyssey) it may even come as the light on the road to Damascus, a blinding revelation of unknown choral sonorities. An extraordinary sound–world is opening up, with long, finely ruled streams of light, a spectrum of colours wide as the distance from heaven to earth, and all mingling eventually within the cavern of a great bell. The challenge to singers (even when assisted by the reverberance of Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel) is formidable indeed, and these young voices (with lungs and ears involved also) do marvellously well. And so they do throughout. The quality of choral tone here is remarkable: no thready sopranos, none of those bone–dry basses, but a sound that, though strictly disciplined in the matter of vibrato, is still fresh and natural. They achieve wonders of crescendo, as in William Harris's Bring us, O LordGod, and their opening chords (in Tallis's O natalux for instance) are as if cut by the sharpest slicer ever made. Even so, this smooth, flawless beauty of sound is, in some contexts, like the modern beauty of the face of a heroine in some televised piece of period–drama. Josquin Desprez's Nuncdimittis is an example: the singing is extremely beautiful, but conceptually (and not just in the women's voices) seems anachronistic. It's as though they have worked on their programme with the precept 'All choral music aspires to the condition of Ligeti'. A wondrous record, all the same.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Collegium - COLCD125

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Compline Service

Compline Service

with Anthems & Motets


anon.:

Compline Service

Byrd:

Miserere mei

O God give ear and do apply

O Lux beata Trinitas

Despres:

Nunc Dimittis

Sheppard, J:

In pace in idipsum

Salvator mundi Domine

In manus tuas

Libera Nos

Tallis:

Te lucis ante terminum

In manus tuas

White, Robert:

Christe qui lux es et dies

The Lord Bless Us


Guild - GMCD7108

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$8.25

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