Byrd: Early Works for Voices, Viols & Virginals

COMPOSERS: Byrd
LABELS: Chandos Chaconne
WORKS: Early Works for Voices, Viols & Virginals
PERFORMER: Sophie Yates (virginals)Fretwork, I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 0578 DDD
In this display of Byrd’s versatility, motets such as the 8-part Ad Dominum cum tribulare provide excellent vehicles for I Fagiolini’s expertly balanced solo-voice ensemble, while solo songs, sung in period pronunciation and sympathetically accompanied by Fretwork, show his expressive power. Sophie Yates’s tasteful performances of pieces from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book complete this beguiling concert. Nicholas Rast

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