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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond compare, 12 July 2009
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J. Hutchings "jjhutchings" (Framlingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Byrd: Early Latin Church Music; Propers for Lady Mass in Advent (Audio CD)
I have long been a fan of the Cardinall's Musick and their singing of Renaissance music. Their Byrd series, first started on ASV's Gaudeamus and now on Hyperion, represents a wonderful attempt to record Byrd's complete sacred music, and it is being beautifully done.

There are many volumes to choose from, notably the three masses - a deservedly award winning recording, but this is my favourite. Among the items are Rorate caeli, Lamentations, Christe, qui lux es, the magnificent nine-part Domine quis habitabit, and the Audivi vocem de caelo.

However, the stand out for me is the Peccavi super numerum a 5, the last track on the disc. The blend of singers throughout the series is superb, representing a more heartfelt, gutsy, perhaps truly consort style that is possible with the highest calibre of professional singers: in this motet they draw back and focus their voices superbly, with the opening semitone rise and fall given not much flow and ebb, or indeed dramatic dynamic shading, but as the motet builds, such is the combined beauty of dynamic, tempi, diction and timbre of voice that one can't helped but be moved by this motet, which in translation reads as "My sins number more than the grains of sand in the sea".

Any CD from this series is worth the money, this one particularly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent CD. Magnificent series., 19 May 2014
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This review is from: Byrd: Early Latin Church Music; Propers for Lady Mass in Advent (Audio CD)
This is a magnificent beginning to what is a magnificent series. The CDs I have already acquired are all of the highest standard. The singing is outstanding and the recording technically top rate. This is no exception. My particular favourites are "De lamentatione Jeremiae prophetae a5" an early work which whilst not as "epic" in scope as Tallis' version is nonetheless a wonderful piece. You cannot disagee with a previous reviewer who said "Peccavi super numerum a 5" is the stand out track.
This excellent series does justice to one of our greatest composers.
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