Byrd: Beata Viscera

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Byrd Edition Volume 12 - Assumpta est Maria

Byrd Edition Volume 12 - Assumpta est Maria


Byrd:

Salve sancta parens

Benedicta et venerabilis

Felix es, sacra Virgo

Beata es, Virgo Maria

Beata Viscera

Quem terra, pontus, aethera

Salve regina (Cantiones Sacrae 1591)

O gloriosa Domina

Vultum tuum deprecabuntur

Ave Maria

Ecce virgo concipiet

Memento, salutis auctor

Salve sola Dei genetrix

Ave maris stella

Gaudeamus omnes

Propter veritatem et mansuetudinem

Assumpta est Maria

Optimam partem elegit


In this latest volume from The Cardinall’s Musick acclaimed Byrd series, the composer’s overtly Catholic agenda is clearly displayed. In an age when censorship was rife and spies were everywhere, it is not surprising that possession of the first volume of Gradualia should have been cited as one of the reasons for the arrest of a Jesuit priest called de Noiriche (although obviously the spies had other more compelling evidence to hand). Only one set of the 1605 partbooks remains intact, although they have had their introductory material removed and perhaps these volumes were considered too dangerous to own. This fear, whether real or perceived, was not enough to dissuade Byrd and his publisher from producing a second book of Gradualia in 1607, or from re-printing both volumes in 1610.

All of the music on this disc is drawn from the first volume of Gradualia published in 1605. The music is a world away from the dark broodings of the Cantiones Sacrae from 1589 and 1591 where Byrd is preoccupied with the melancholy which dominates his middle years. In the later publications Byrd achieves a fusion of styles, mixing the energy, word-painting and rhythmic vitality of the secular madrigal tradition with the spirituality and liturgical context of words from the Mass and Divine Office. The witty use of short bursts of melody often thrown from one voice to another, together with the energized rhythmic cells, suggests a man who is not obsessed with a hopeless cause. It may be that in the Essex countryside, surrounded by sympathetic folk, Byrd had found a real home away from the political maelstrom which raged in London. These pieces show a glimpse of the man which is rather different to our more usual perception of the composer racked with misery at the deprivation of Catholics in England. Here we see a man in the later stages of life, affected by the aftermath of the Reformation (as his earlier publications clearly show), yet who is now sufficiently relaxed and secure to be able to indulge his considerable wit and imagination, and who is confident enough to use the most up-to-date musical styles. Here there is no wringing of hands, nor downcast eyes but rather the musical embodiment of an unshakeable faith.

“A lively addition to this impressive series from The Cardinall's Musick. Some of the three-part hymns are masterly in their technical assurance, setting the voices free to wander and with the lightest touch recalling them to the fold for a cadence.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

“Sublime music, then, an inspired and inspiring director and a series that Hyperion rescued from another label and has persevered with against all odds” International Record Review

“The Cardinall’s Musick under Andrew Carwood show the deep feeling as well as the dignity of these illicit and originally secret settings” The Independent on Sunday

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Hyperion Cardinall’s Musick Complete Byrd Edition - CDA67675

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The King's Singers Christmas Presence

The King's Singers Christmas Presence

Recorded live in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, on 4 December 2015


Byrd:

Beata Viscera

Chilcott:

A Thanksgiving

featuring The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Here is the Little Door

Sing Lullaby

Lasso:

Resonet in Laudibus à 5

Pierpont:

Jingle Bells

Poulenc:

O magnum mysterium (No. 1 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Quem vidistis pastores (No. 2 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Hodie Christus natus est (No. 4 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Ramirez, A:

La Peregrinacion

Smith, Clive:

I saw three ships

Sweelinck:

Hodie Christus natus est

Torme:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

trad.:

Hodie Christus natus est

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

arr. Geoffrey Keating

Still, still, still

arr. Alexander L'Estrange


The King's Singers & National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Recorded Live from their spiritual home of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, The King’s Singers present an album of festive Christmas music, blending ancient and modern works with traditional favourites and new arrangements.The disc also features A Thanksgiving by former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott, which is performed here alongside the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Signum - SIGCD497

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Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

Recorded Live from King's College Chapel, Cambridge


Byrd:

Beata Viscera

Chilcott:

A Thanksgiving

also featuring The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Lasso:

Resonet in Laudibus à 5

Pearsall:

In dulci jubilo

The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Pierpont:

Jingle Bells

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Smith, Clive:

I saw three ships

Sweelinck:

Hodie Christus natus est

Torme:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

arr. Peter Knight

trad.:

Hodie Christus natus est

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

arr. Geoffrey Keating

La peregrinaçion

arr. Peter Knight

Still, still, still

arr. Alexander L'Estrange


Recorded live in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, on 4th December 2015 - an exclusive Presto CD title. (International Delivery Available).

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Signum - SIGCD801

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Maria Rosa Mystica

Maria Rosa Mystica

Songs for the Holy Virgin 16th & 17th Centuries


includes

Byrd:

Salve sancta parens

Benedicta et venerabilis

Beata es, Virgo Maria

Beata Viscera

Felix es, sacra Virgo

Virgo Dei Genetrix

Charpentier, M-A:

Canticum in honorem Beatæ Virginis Mariæ

Despres:

Benedicta es

Victoria:

Magnificat primi toni a 8


Convivium Vocale, Mikael Paulsson

Musica Rediviva - MRCD004

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Music for Mary Volume 2

Music for Mary Volume 2


anon.:

Salve Regina

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Ave Maris Stella

Ave regina caelorum

Bruckner:

Virga Jesse floruit

Byrd:

Beata Viscera

Facy:

Ave maris stella

Grieg:

Ave Maris Stella

Guerrero, Francisco:

Ave Virgo sanctissima

Howells:

Salve Regina

Jones, M W:

Ave Regina caelorum

Langlais:

Salve Regina

Lewis, G:

A little hymn to Mary

Monteverdi:

Ave maris stella

Noon, T:

Salve Regina

Palestrina:

Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater

Philips, P:

Salve regina

Tavener:

Hymn to the Mother of God

Villette:

Hymne à la Vierge, Op. 24


Richard Lea (organ)

The Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Timothy Noon

“Most impressive is Timothy Noon's own setting of Salve regina. Partly because this music is so well tailored both for this choir and for the sound it makes in the cathedral, the choir seems to raise its game...The single organ solo is a typical essay in style over substance by Langlais, but delivered with suitable panache by Richard Lea and making a dazzling centrepiece to this thoroughly enjoyable programme.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

Priory Music for Mary - PRCD1022

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In Dulci Jubilo

In Dulci Jubilo

Music for Advent & Christmas


Britten:

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

A Hymn to the Virgin

Bruckner:

Ave Maria

Virga Jesse floruit

Byrd:

Beata Viscera

Darke:

In the Bleak Midwinter

Elgar:

Ave Maria, Op. 2 No. 2

Gorecki:

Totus Tuus, Op. 60

Gruber, F:

Stille nacht

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Howells:

Here is the Little Door

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin)

trad.:

Coventry Carol

In Dulci Jubilo


Osian Ellis (harp), Robin Kimber (organ)

London Oriana Choir, Leon Lovett

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White Line - CDWHL2096

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English Renaissance

English Renaissance

Music by Tallis and Byrd


Byrd:

Haec dies a 6 (Cantiones Sacrae 1591)

Beata Viscera

Ave verum Corpus

Vigilate (from Cantiones sacrae 1589)

Viri Galilæi

O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

Sing joyfully

Laudibus in sanctis

Tallis:

Te lucis ante terminum

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

If ye love me


RCA - 09026680042

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