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Traditional Glees & Madrigals
Sweet and low
Come let us join the roundelay
Bishop, H R:
Foresters sound the cheerful horn
Though Amaryllis dance in green
Come, gentle swains
Epitaph On A Dormouse
Strike The Lyre
As torrents in summer
Ah, dear heart
O That The Learned Poets
April is in My Mistress' Face
My bonny lass she smileth
Breathe Soft, Ye Winds
There is a paradise on earth
O who will o'er the downs so free
Waters of Elle
Sleep, fleshy birth
Smart, G T:
The long day closes
Music divine, proceeding from above
Sweet Suffolk Owl
Hark All Ye Lovely Saints
Thus Sings My Dearest Jewel
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An Immortal Legacy
16th-century England was a place of much religious change. It was a dangerous and confusing time and it is testament to their incredible skill and musical mastery that composers like Tallis and Byrd were able to produce such magnificent works in such troubled times. Their music left a lasting legacy, influencing some of our most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century composers and surviving over half a millennium to be performed as widely today as they have ever been.
This disc features some of the best-loved classics of Tudor and Jacobean church music together with madrigals by Tallis, Byrd and Gibbons. They are performed alongside pieces by Britten, Tippett and MacMillan including the Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time and the Choral Dances from Gloriana. The Sixteen has performed this repertoire around the world over the last six years and is one of the ensemble’s most popular concert programmes.
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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
The Silver Swan
Fantasia of four parts
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
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.
“…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.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 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.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2007
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