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Byrd: The Great Service (The Cardinall's Musick/ Andrew Carwood) (Hyperion: CDA67937)

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  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Composer: William Byrd
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B008R3JMHE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Great Service// Venite [5'01]
2. The Great Service// Te Deum [8'35]
3. The Great Service// Benedictus [8'52]
4. The Great Service// Kyrie [1'12]
5. The Great Service// Creed [5'07]
6. The Great Service// Magnificat [8'58]
7. The Great Service// Nunc dimittis [5'07]
8. Praise our Lord// all ye Gentiles [2'46]
9. Unto the hills mine eyes I lift [4'05]
10. Make ye joy to God all the earth [2'27]
11. Turn our captivity// O Lord [4'25]
12. This day Christ was born A Carroll for Christmas Day [2'33]

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"Recordings by Cardinalls Musick of William Byrds work have been a landmark worthy of one of Englands greatest masters."

(The Guardian)

The Cardinalls Musick are acknowledged as the foremost performers of Byrds music. Under their director Andrew Carwood they have recorded the complete Latin church music, the final volume of which won the Gramophone Record of the Year. Now they turn to Byrds English church music, a genre which shows the composer treading a path between his own innate Catholicism and the requirements of the reformed Church of England. But far from sublimating Byrds genius this difficult situation gave rise to one of his most fertile periods. The Great Service was described as the finest unaccompanied setting of the Service in the entire repertory of English church music upon its discovery in 1922. Written for ten voices, it is gorgeously lavish and grandvery different to the simple, unmelismatic style demanded by the Anglican clerics. Byrd did not publish it in his lifetime. Also recorded here are five beautiful English settings on sacred themes, but probably written for performance in the home. They are masterpieces in miniature: each work is so distinctive and demonstrates Byrds genius for word-painting, his typically Elizabethan wit and of course his imaginative handling of polyphony.


The singing is neat,clear and fluid. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, Christmas'12

...the performances overall are excellent and the disc is a fine continuation of the group's Bryd Edition. --Gramophone, Christmas'12

This new recording is something special. Whether it s because of the sheer experience of having sung so much of Byrd's music as to have assimilated his musical language utterly, or whether it s a simply the raw musicianship and cultivated and intelligence of the performers, there s a clarity and intensity in each verse that is spine-tingling. --IRR, Dec'12

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. N. Fishburn on 3 Feb. 2013
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It's impossible to dream up new superlatives when reviewing the Cardinall's. Their attention to detail, impeccable tuning, and original interpretation are well documented. What has set their landmark Byrd series apart is their integrity to the written music - it's hard to find a disc where Byrd's music is sung at written pitch, but Carwood does that here and throughout his Byrd series. The challenges it gives the singers is met on every level by this accomplished group. What it does for the listener is breathtaking. It's a concord moment - or like when colour replaced black and white tv. No more is this better realised is in Praise our Lord, O ye gentiles - the resultant sound such a treat you will return to this disc again and again. Amazing stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sparkling and beautiful 24 Nov. 2012
By K. Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Gorgeous! I wouldn't expect any less from The Cardinall's Musick. I've been looking forward to this CD being available here, and now I have listened to it about four times. It is fascinating to compare these works with Byrd's sacred works with Latin texts, and I have been doing this by listening to some of the Cardinall's recordings of his motets. The great proportion of homophony in the Great Service - and the resulting clarity of the text - speaks to a different aesthetic and an emerging characteristic style in the early Anglican church. The performance here is stunning. (And it is very interesting to compare this with the older recording of the Great Service by The Tallis Scholars. Give it a try.)
This disk is an excellent continuation of The Cardinall's Musick's amazing 13-CD set of Byrd's Latin-texted works.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Most enjoyable listening. 26 Feb. 2013
By Jane M Stowell - Published on Amazon.com
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The recording quality was very clear. The music inspirational. I really loved this recording and recommend it for anyone who likes "church" music.
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