Byrd: Cantiones sacrae 1589 (excerpts); Propers for Lady Mass from Christmas to the Purification

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COMPOSERS: Byrd
LABELS: ASV Gaudeamus
WORKS: Cantiones sacrae 1589 (excerpts); Propers for Lady Mass from Christmas to the Purification
PERFORMER: The Cardinall’s Musick/Andrew Carwood
CATALOGUE NO: CD GAU 224
This disc contrasts the hidden messages in Byrd’s solemn Cantiones sacrae motets with brighter moods in his Lady Mass Propers. Carwood’s expressive, beautifully focused singers make persuasive advocates for the composer’s petitioning for England’s salvation and relief from religious persecution. Nicholas Rast

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