William Byrd, The Cardinall's Musick - The Byrd Edition 8

Saturday 1st March 2003
William Byrd, The Cardinall's Musick - The Byrd Edition 8
William Byrd, The Cardinall's Musick - The Byrd Edition 8

STYLE: Choral
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Gaudeamus GAU309

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

For those who have been following the progress of this impressive series, all we need to say is that here we have the “Cantiones Sacrae” from 1589 and “Propers For The Feast Of The Purification” from 1605. As before, we are in the safe hands of Andrew Carwood and the Cardinall's Musick and David Skinner's notes are a model of learning lightly worn. Thoroughly recommended. For those who have yet to join this musical pilgrimage into the work of arguably England’s finest composer, this is not a bad place to start. William Byrd (c 1535/40 – 1623) was a Catholic who took his life in his hands to write music that transcends denominational boundaries.

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