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Byrd: The Great Service in the Chapel Royal

Musica Contexta, Steven Devine, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

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Gradualia seu cantionum sacrarum, liber secundus  
1
Constitues eos (prima pars)
William Byrd; The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; Simon Ravens
1:11
The Great Service  
2
I. Venite
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
5:13
Second Preces and Psalms  
3
Psalm 114. When Israel came out of Egypt
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
1:54
The Great Service  
4
II. Te Deum
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
9:35
5
IIi. Benedictus
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
9:17
6
Anthem. Sing joyfully unto God our strength
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Steven Devine; Simon Ravens
2:38
Gradualia seu cantionum sacrarum, liber secundus  
7
Nunc scio vere (prima pars)
William Byrd; The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; Simon Ravens
3:50
The Great Service  
8
IV. Kyrie
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
0:54
9
Prelude in C Major
William Byrd; Steven Devine
1:14
10
V. Creed
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
5:34
Gradualia seu cantionum sacrarum, liber secundus  
11
Hodie Simon Petrus
William Byrd; The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; Simon Ravens
3:34
First Preces and Psalms  
12
Psalm 47. O clap your hands together, all ye people
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
3:11
The Great Service  
13
VI. Magnificat
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
9:27
14
Verse in C Major
William Byrd; Steven Devine
2:05
15
VII. Nunc dimittis
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
5:02
16
Anthem. O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
William Byrd; Musica Contexta; Simon Ravens
2:27
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:06
“... has brought the sacred music of William Byrd to a new generation of listeners...”
- Gramophone

“... a first-class recording of a familiar masterpiece in a refreshed guise, underpinned by honest, open-minded scholarship and realized with creative flair ... a resounding success.”
- International Record Review

Musica Contexta is joined on this recording by The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and harpsichordist Steven Devine, performing music William Byrd composed for the Anglican Church. He wrote this grand-scale work for two five-part choirs which, for added contrast, would sing their respective parts facing each other from either side of the church. The size of the choir was used not so much for volume or declamatory effect but to create an extraordinarily rich variety of vocal textures and sonorities.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: St John’s Church, Upper Norwood, London; 2 – 4 May 2011
Executive producer: Ralph Couzens
Recording producer: Gary Cole
Sound engineer: Gary Cole
Assistant engineer: Andy Gammon
Editor: Gary Cole
Mastering: Jonathan Cooper
A & R administrator: Mary McCarthy
Front cover: ‘Royal crown’, photograph © Silas Manhood / Arcangel Images
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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