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Byrd: Sacred Choral Works [CD]

The Cambridge Singers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Collegium
  • ASIN: B00006O0OD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sing Joyfully unto God Our Strength: Sing joyfully unto God our strengthCambridge Singers 2:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Turn our captivity, O LordCambridge Singers 4:430.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Praise our Lord, all ye GentilesCambridge Singers 2:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Emendemus in meliusCambridge Singers 4:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Siderum rectorCambridge Singers 2:540.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Plorans ploravitCambridge Singers 5:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Visita quaesumus, DomineCambridge Singers 4:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Attollite portasCambridge Singers 4:210.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones sacrae): Laudibus in sanctisCambridge Singers 5:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gaudeamus omnesCambridge Singers 2:450.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ave verum corpusCambridge Singers 4:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitteCambridge Singers 5:500.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Christus resurgensCambridge Singers 4:190.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Solve iubente DeoCambridge Singers 2:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. O magnum misteriumCambridge Singers 5:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Non vos relinquam orphanosCambridge Singers 2:000.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. O quam suavis estCambridge Singers 4:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Justorum animaeCambridge Singers 2:390.59  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Hail, true music 4 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
--William Byrd--
William Byrd was a composer of grace and power. A staunch Catholic in an increasingly Protestant country, Byrd maintained his church loyalties at high cost. However, as a recognised genius at liturgical music, he had powerful admirers and friends, perhaps including Queen Elizabeth herself. Producing musical settings to Latin texts in a new-regime English-dominated church environment took courage. However, Byrd persevered all his life to produce music that remains timeless while being firmly rooted in its time.
--Ave Verum Corpus--
The Cambridge Singers named this collection after the 4-minute motet Ave Verum Corpus by Byrd. A motet is typically a choral composition sung at services other than masses (often at Vespers, although sometimes as anthem music). Byrd, together with Tallis (from whom this ensemble derives its name), was considered a master of the Flemish style of motet.
--Motets--
There are motets here for penitence and prayer, slow and somber sounding pieces. There are motets of praise and rejoicing, which have a very different energy and feel about them. Byrd did about 150 of these Latin settings, of which this collection contains 15. With regard to English Anthems, Byrd produced several dozen of these, and these were his best known works, the Latin-based pieces being overlooked in the new English, Protestant churches. Anthems were an English innovation to replace older, more Latin-Catholic elements in the services.
--Liner Notes--
The notes include an introduction to the CD with a generous biography of Byrd, a listing of the tracks with lyrics together with a brief paragraph about the history of the piece. Where lyrics are in Latin, an English translation is provided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime sacred music 18 Oct 2010
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When you listen to this music, you are simply in the presence of the Angels
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 7 April 2010
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This recording contains a varied selection of three English anthems and fifteen Latin motets (the latter grouped into the themes of penitence and prayer, praise and rejoicing, and the Church year) from Byrd's copious body of work.

Maybe it's just my taste but this disc hasn't quite hit the spot like other material from Byrd or indeed his contemporaries I own, partially I suppose because I prefer smaller vocal ensembles than the twenty-eight piece choir performing here (the notes appear to suggest that some at least of these pieces were perhaps intended for four to six voices), and secondly because the recording here seems to accentuate the hissing of sibilants which can grate a little.

The accompanying booklet is well presented, with sections on Byrd's music and the performance on this recording, and contains for each piece some notes and full texts, plus translations of the Latin motets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hail, true music... 17 Jan 2006
By FrKurt Messick - Published on Amazon.com
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--William Byrd--

William Byrd was a composer of grace and power. A staunch Catholic in an increasingly Protestant country, Byrd maintained his church loyalties at high cost. However, as a recognised genius at liturgical music, he had powerful admirers and friends, perhaps including Queen Elizabeth herself. Producing musical settings to Latin texts in a new-regime English-dominated church environment took courage. However, Byrd persevered all his life to produce music that remains timeless while being firmly rooted in its time.

--Ave Verum Corpus--

The Cambridge Singers named this collection after the 4-minute motet Ave Verum Corpus by Byrd. A motet is typically a choral composition sung at services other than masses (often at Vespers, although sometimes as anthem music). Byrd, together with Tallis (from whom this ensemble derives its name), was considered a master of the Flemish style of motet.

--Motets--

There are motets here for penitence and prayer, slow and somber sounding pieces. There are motets of praise and rejoicing, which have a very different energy and feel about them. Byrd did about 150 of these Latin settings, of which this collection contains 15. With regard to English Anthems, Byrd produced several dozen of these, and these were his best known works, the Latin-based pieces being overlooked in the new English, Protestant churches. Anthems were an English innovation to replace older, more Latin-Catholic elements in the services.

--Liner Notes--

The notes include an introduction to the CD with a generous biography of Byrd, a listing of the tracks with lyrics together with a brief paragraph about the history of the piece. Where lyrics are in Latin, an English translation is provided. There is no description of the group, nor biographical information about John Rutter.

--John Rutter--

Rutter was born in London and educated at Clare College, Cambridge. This was where his career as a composer, arranger and conductor began. His early work was with groups at King's College Chapel at Cambridge as well as the Bath Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked for the BBC providing music for educational series such as 'The Archaeology of the Bible Lands', until in 1979 he began forming the Cambridge Singers, and has continued a remarkable career of performance and recording as their director ever since.

--The Cambridge Singers--

The Cambridge Singers are a mixed choir of voices, many of whom were members of choir of Rutter's college, Clare College, Cambridge. While they specialise in English and Latin liturgical pieces, they have a wide range of recordings that span from modern compositions (including a remarkable requiem by Rutter) to English folk songs of the Middle Ages. Many are former members of the choir of Clare College and other Cambridge collegiate choirs (hence the name, Cambridge Singers). In the quarter-century since the founding, the Cambridge Singers have produced an impressive body of recordings.

This is a wonderful CD, recorded at one of the Cambridge Singers' traditional recording venues, the Great Hall of University College School, London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the hassle and trauma of finding and purchasing 22 May 2012
By Leslie Gibbons - Published on Amazon.com
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Worth the hassle and trauma of finding and purchasing. It was actually my wife who asked me to buy this on her behalf. and she asked me to say it was excellent.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Byrd's vocal music 18 Nov 2009
By Chris Crumb - Published on Amazon.com
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There is much to like about this disc. The choir sings an interesting variety of Byrd's vocal works, and the singing is at a high level with excellent pitch control (not easy in many of these pieces) and great balance across the parts. There are several pieces (eg Plorans Plorabit) that are exceptionally well defined, whereas others come across as slightly one dimensional. Overall however a very worthwhile addition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Set 2 May 2014
By David A Lavender - Published on Amazon.com
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The structure of many pieces in this set can reach inner dimensions that might otherwise remain unaccessed. These songs act as a set of keys to environments within, where peace, empathy, clarity and purpose may be found and explored. More than a group of songs, it is a meditation, a testament to the power of human voices in harmony, reaching heights where the eternal in each of us is released and allowed to envelope us in warmth and the purest love.
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