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Byrd 1588: Psalmes, Sonets & Songs of Sadnes and Pietie

Alamire, Fretwork, David Skinner

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1.1
O God Give Ear
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
3:50
1.2
Mine Eyes With Fervency of Sprite
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Martha McLorinan
3:48
1.3
My Soul Oppressed With Care and Grief
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
2:22
1.4
O Lord, How Long Wilt Thou Forget
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Nicholas Todd
3:48
1.5
O Lord Who in Thy Sacred Tent
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
4:00
1.6
O You That Hear This Voice
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Grace Davidson
6:15
1.7
Ambitious Love
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
2:29
1.8
Although The Heathen Poets
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
1:10
1.9
My Mind To Me a Kingdom Is
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Grace Davidson
6:02
1.10
Farwell False Love
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Martha McLorinan
6:17
1.11
If Women Could Be Fair
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
3:44
1.12
Who Likes To Love
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Grace Davidson
5:38
1.13
La Verginella
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
2:41
1.14
Lullaby, My Sweet Little Baby
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Martha McLorinan
15:30
1.15
All As a Sea
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork
2:09
1.16
Prostrate, O Lord, I Lie
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
2:10
1.17
Come To Me Grief Forever
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Martha McLorinan
6:52
2.1
Even From The Depth
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
1:48
2.2
Blessed Is He That Fears The Lord
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Martha McLorinan
3:51
2.3
How Shall A Young Man Prone To Ill
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork
2:24
2.4
Help Lord, For Wasted Are Those Men
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
3:48
2.5
Lord In Thy Wrath Reprove Me Not
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Martha McLorinan
4:04
2.6
Though Amaryllis Dance in Green
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Grace Davidson
5:53
2.7
Constant Penelope
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
2:30
2.8
I Joy Not in No Earthly Bliss
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Grace Davidson
3:40
2.9
As I Beheld I Saw a Herdman Wild
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
4:59
2.10
Where Fancy Fond
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Grace Davidson
5:19
2.11
What Pleasure Have Great Princes
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Marth McLorinan
4:47
2.12
In Fields Abroad
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Grace Davidson
5:39
2.13
The Match That’s Made
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
5:05
2.14
Why Do I Use My Paper Ink and Pen?
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Nicholas Todd
7:12
2.15
Care For Thy Soul
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork
1:48
2.16
Susanna Fair
William Byrd; David Skinner; Alamire
3:34
2.17
If That a Sinner's Sighs
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork
2:02
2.18
O That Most Rare Breast
William Byrd; David Skinner; Fretwork; Martha McLorinan
8:37
Total Playing Time    2:35:45
Following Tallis and Byrd’s first publishing venture of Cantiones Sacrae of 1575, Byrd waited some 13 years to again wake the presses with his compositions. His 1588 Psalmes, Sonets, & songs of sadnes and pietie was his first solo publication, for which Elizabeth’s Lord Chancellor (and notable favourite), Sir Christopher Hatton, acted as patron. This is the first complete offering of the collection and was recorded on the grounds of Holdenby House, once the largest Elizabethan country house in all of England. Written at the height of Byrd’s creativity, it contains a treasure trove of musical delights. More famous among the collection includes two funeral elegies for Sir Philip Sidney (Come to me grief forever and O that most rare breast), Why do I use my ink, paper and pen? which is thought to allude to the martyrdom of the Jesuit Edmund Campion in 1580, as well as lighter secular songs from joyful madrigals to pained laments. Byrd here represents practically all levels of human emotion, with works performed by a variety of ‘voyces or Instruments’ as the composer himself directs.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Inventa Records Studio Masters

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