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  • Orchestra: The Cardinall's Musick
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Composer: William Byrd
  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B001NG3PXO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Descendit de caelis
  2. Tu es pastor ovium
  3. Miserere mei, Deus
  4. Circumdederunt me
  5. Quodcumque ligaveris
  6. Recordare, Domine
  7. Exsurge, quare obdormis, Domine?
  8. Laetania Bar
  9. Nunc scio vere
  10. Constitues eos principes
  11. Tu es Petrus
  12. Levemus corda SAATB [4'45]
  13. Hodie Simon Petrus
  14. Solve, iubente Deo
  15. Haec dicit Dominus

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This latest release in The Cardinall's Musick complete Byrd Edition is surely one of the most eagerly-awaited events in the early music calendar. Previous discs in this award-winning survey of the greatest composer of the age have commanded the highest possible critical acclaim. Performances of filigree clarity, yet great passion and sincerity, allow the composer's particular genius to shine forth in an unhindered blaze of glory. The works in this eleventh volume present Byrd the recusant: covering the last year of his fashionable career in London and moving to a quieter life in the Essex countryside. The music is from two sources: the magnificent Cantiones Sacrae of 1591 and the Gradualia from 1607. The seven motets from 1591 show Byrd to be pre-occupied with thoughts of desolation, loss, deprivation and separation - familiar ideas for the recusant Catholic community. A feeling of angst in the music is leavened by a sense of salvation and a glimmer of hope which is the composer's constant refrain. The Gradualia are some of the most imaginative, modern-sounding and energetic music that the composer ever wrote. The Cardinall's inspirational director Andrew Carwood sets the scene with fascinating booklet notes that illustrate the complex political and religious circumstances in which this great music was engendered.

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is Volume 11 of The Cardinall's Musick's complete Byrd Edition and it maintains the superlative quality of the previous discs. The music in this volume is from the Cantiones Sacrae of 1591 and the Gradualia of 1607. It is a varied programme, showing both Byrd's sense of isolation as a recusant Catholic in Protestant England, and the joy and hope offered by salvation. Much of the music is among Byrd's finest: rich, imaginative, skilful and stunningly beautiful. From the very opening of the disc, Byrd's wonderful understanding of marrying music to text is apparent, with the word "descendit" set to a striking and lovely descending motif - a simple technique but done with real brilliance. It is a wonderful selection of music from start to finish.

The performances are, as always from The Cardinall's Musick, simply fabulous. Technically perfect, the group show a marvellous empathy for and understanding of Byrd's music, and the combination of this and the excellent recording in a resonant acoustic which complements but never blurs the sound produces something really special.

Every disc in this outstanding series has been a gem. This is no exception and I recommend it very highly indeed.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is Volume 11 of The Cardinall's Musick's complete Byrd Edition and it maintains the superlative quality of the previous discs. The music in this volume is from the Cantiones Sacrae of 1591 and the Gradualia of 1607. It is a varied programme, showing both Byrd's sense of isolation as a recusant Catholic in Protestant England, and the joy and hope offered by salvation. Much of the music is among Byrd's finest: rich, imaginative, skilful and stunningly beautiful. From the very opening of the disc, Byrd's wonderful understanding of marrying music to text is apparent, with the word "descendit" set to a striking and lovely descending motif - a simple technique but done with real brilliance. It is a wonderful selection of music from start to finish.

The performances are, as always from The Cardinall's Musick, simply fabulous. Technically perfect, the group show a marvellous empathy for and understanding of Byrd's music, and the combination of this and the excellent recording in a resonant acoustic which complements but never blurs the sound produces something really special.

Every disc in this outstanding series has been a gem. This is no exception and I recommend it very highly indeed.
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This is a magnificent series combining superb singing and an erudite approach putting the compositions in their historical context.
The last decade of the sixteenth century was a difficult period for English catholics with persecution and executions rife as the Tudor dynasty came to a close. For The "Cantiones Sacrae 1591" Byrd drew his inspiration from the more somber biblical texts. The music is magnificent, melancholic in temper but hope always permeates the gloom. The best example is the final track "Haec dicit Dominus" taken from the ultimate "doom and gloom" prophet Jeremiah "Cease your voice from crying, your eyes from tears .... there is hope for your last years and the children will return to their own lands". There is a political message hidden in this text. For the murder of Rachel's children read the murder of members of the Catholic community, for "the children will return to thir own lands" read the restoration of the Catholic faith in England.
By contrast the "Gradualia 1607" are bright, madrigal like compositions, the polyphony intricately woven. Sublime sonorities.
Every CD in this series is a gem. I would not be without any of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different 4 Oct. 2009
By D. Witte - Published on Amazon.com
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For a generation I have been accustomed to the standard being set by the inestimable Tallis Scholars--their icy perfection and elevated impersonality seemed to me the ideal sound for my favorite repertoire, the sacred music of the Tudor period. So I have to admit I was at first nonplussed by The Cardinall's Musick. I've been collecting their ongoing series of recordings of Byrd for some time, but this one, Hodie Simon Petrus, seems to mark a new step in the development of their sound. This is amazingly impassioned and loving singing. Their commitment is total and their love for this wonderful music shines through, and yet--and yet...I found myself sitting on the fence at first. A couple of the voices are not at all beautiful. There's a particularly strident mean who always seems a bit under the pitch and a tenor with a gargling tone, and, pace the previous reviewer, I find some of the excursions into bizarro tuning downright alarming (Check out the terrifying opening measures of Vultum Tuum, track 9 on the vol XII Assumpta est Maria disc.) This is emphatically not careful singing, and it seems to me that some of its eccentricities would work better in situ than as recordings.
Ultimately however, I'm won over by this ensemble's warmth and passionate response to the music, and I'm grateful for their mounumental work of bringing the complete Byrd opus to life, from his ornately archaic nod to Tallis (track 1) to his madrigalesque late Tudor excesses (track 12). Byrd was a Titan, and this series is overdue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful 26 May 2009
By K. Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Continuing The Cardinall's Musick's edition of William Byrd's vocal music, this recent release is a gem with many gorgeous facets. The singing is beautiful, energetic without being strident, and shining in its perfect intonation. Carwood uses some small groups from the entire ensemble for many of the pieces, and each smaller ensemble presents a beautiful blend. The only thing whicih I think could have been done better is the balance between upper and lower voices; the sound is rather treble-dominated (a feature of the recording or the group? I'm not sure), so for a better balance among the voices I boost the bass a little and the result is fine.

It is interesting to hear so many relatively unknown pieces, too; the selection on this and other releases in the same series is enlightening. My favorite works on this disc are the first work (Descendit de coelis) and the fourth (Recordare Domine). If you wish to hear some English renaissance motets from the golden era of this genre, performed in a stunningly beautiful way, this is an album to acquire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A support 25 Mar. 2009
By Paul Mbelele - Published on Amazon.com
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I work in an area where I constantly hear from people leading miserable and unhappy lives. I play this as I drive home. Byrd has something to say about suffering without feelings of revenge, dispair or hatred. I find this and the previous disc in the series very helpful. I find the music speaks directly to me and helps when you think about why even children suffer. The performances are lovely. I am no music critic but the voice of someone from 500 years ago telling me that he understands is something to be treasured.
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