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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to Byrd and Dowland, 2 Nov 2004
This review is from: Dowland: Lachrimae/Byrd: Consort Music and Songs (Audio CD)
This compilation is incredibly good value. Fretwork are one of the very best viol consorts and have a string of distinguished recordings behind them. The selection of Byrd and Dowland on these CDs played (and sung) with intensity and great beauty. For those looking for an introduction to the riches of Elizabethan English music you will be very happy with this compilation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Greensleeves, get this., 11 Aug 2009
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Tim (Oldbury, West Mids, UK) - See all my reviews
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Wonderful timeless beauty from two of England's best tunesmiths. If you're not a fan of the over-egged vibrato that infects much of modern serious music performance, you'll love this viol music. Byrd's 'Ye Sacred Muses', lamenting the death of Thomas Tallis, will make you cry. Oh, and Vaughan Williams obviously loved this stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy!, 31 Oct 2010
This review is from: Dowland: Lachrimae/Byrd: Consort Music and Songs (Audio CD)
This is an excellent CD. Good quality recording and a wide variety of pieces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dowland and Byrd, 18 Mar 2014
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This is an absolutely brilliant 2-cd set of music by John Dowland and William Byrd, both masters of Elizabethan music. John Dowland lived from 1536 to 1626, and William Byrd from 1543 to 1643. They both had mixed fortunes during their lives, and I think this is reflected in their music, and in these pieces on these cds you get a good mix of music that is sad, sorrowful, happy, pensive and joyful - full of the sort of music which stirs your soul.

The first cd has some sung pieces, but mostly instrumental, and the second cd is all instrumental. The music is played beautifully by the always top-notch Fretwork ensemble, and accompanied by Christopher Wilson (lute), Michael Chance (countertenor) and Elizabeth Liddle. Over 2 and a quarter hours of top quality Elizabethan music played by a wonderfully authentic ensemble. Dowland and Byrd's music lives on in this 2-cd set, which you would never regret getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dowland: Lachrimae/Byrd: Consort Music and Songs, 28 Sep 2013
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T. Linden-Fermor (Wiltshire UK) - See all my reviews
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The lady on the front looks like she has sat on some nettles and been told "don't scream just yet until I have finished with the oils"
The music is superb though - Byrd is sublime, if early voice and early instrumentation is you bag you'll love it. Very well put together and an excellent performance throughout.
Thank you for reading my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dowland: Lachrimae/Byrd: Consort Music and Songs, 24 Dec 2012
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Excellent performance of my favourite music. I listen to it again and again and it never bores me to do so.
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