Thursday, January 5, 2017

Byrd, William. (1543-1623) Music from the Renaissance.

From my collection.
Bought in September 2016.
First listen: 8-9-2016.
Second listen: 5-1-2017.
Label: ERATO
CD 6 from 6.
Recording dates: October 1983.
Recording venue:St. James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England.
Recording engineer: Neville Boyling.
Running time: 50:22.
Classical relevance: Essential performance of Byrd's music.

Works performed:
Mass for 5 voices.
De Lamentations Hieremiae a 5.
Christe qui es et Dies/Precamur a 5.
Laetentur coeli a 5.
Ave verum corpus a 4.

Performed by:
The Hilliard Ensemble.



Well I have come to the end of this box very quickly. It was such a pleasure of reacquainting myself with Hilliards efforts from the past, that I could not stop playing the 6 CD'S in a very short period. There is virtually not one disc in this set that disappoints, on the contrary they are in all respect reference recordings, and as such a valuable document. The works on this disc gives you a good idea why. The concentrated balance when singing is breathtaking and amazing at the same time. Just take the Ave verum corpus, a short piece but so powerful in its presentation, that when the music goes into silence at the end you are pretty stunned by its effect. I wrote more about this special mix of voices and why it has come to such a point of excellence. Needless to say that I see this box as essential to all that love Renaissance choir music. It will enrich your life.



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