England’s Phœnix: William Byrd

Recorded live in concert in May 2016


“William Byrd loved the sound of the human voice. He wrote in 1588 that “there is not any Musicke of Instruments whatsoever comparable to that which is made of the voyces of Men, where the voyces are good, and the same well sorted and ordered.” This CD offers a broad selection of Byrd’s vocal music: Latin and English, public and private, melancholy and joyful.”

— Kerry McCarthy, prize-winning biographer of William Byrd

England’s greatest Renaissance composer — a contemporary of Shakespeare — Byrd (ca.1540–1623) was a Catholic composer at a time when it was illegal in England. Yet he composed with apparent impunity, because of the esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries and by Queen Elizabeth I.

His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you. 

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  1. Sing joyfully 2:25 BL MS Add. 29372-7 (1616)
  2. Ne irascaris — Civitas sancti tui 8:15 Cantiones Sacræ I (1589)
  3. Kyrie eleison from the Mass for Five Voices 1:40 (c.1595)
  4. Venite exultemus 3:29 Gradualia II (1607)
  5. Exalt thyself, O God 5:03 Worcester Cathedral Library MS A 3.3
  6. Gloria from the Mass for Five Voices 5:42 (c.1595)
  7. Credo from the Mass for Five Voices 10:17 (c.1595)
  8. In resurrectione tua 1:53 Cantiones Sacræ I (1589)
  9. Tollite portas 2:32 Gradualia II (1607)
  10. Sanctus from the Mass for Five Voices 4:11 (c.1595)
  11. Hæc dicit Dominus 6:51 Cantiones Sacræ II (1591)
  12. Ave verum corpus 4:05 Gradualia I (1605)
  13. Agnus dei from the Mass for Five Voices 3:44 (c.1595)


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