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Portrait of Elizabeth I (The Armada Portrait) in the manner of George Gower (1540-1596).
Private Collection / Photo © Philip Mould Ltd, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67937
Recording details: November 2011
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: October 2012
Total duration: 2 minutes 27 seconds

'The singing is neat, clear and fluid, with beautifully elastic phrasing from the two tenors. The Nunc dimittis provides the sweetest moments in the Great Service itself' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The 10 voices of the Cardinall's Musick launch into the opening of Byrd's The Great Service—'O come, let us sing unto the Lord'—with a soaring joyfulness and clarity that sustains throughout this large-scale and elaborate work. Andrew Carwood and his group have won countless accolades for their series of Byrd's Latin sacred music. In this Anglican work, they achieve the same outstanding level of musicianship. The (female) sopranos have strength and purity at the top but an effective lightness, too, closer to the sound of boy trebles. The full ensemble tone is bold and energetic' (The Observer)

'This new recording is something special. Whether it's because of the sheer experience of having sung so much of Byrd's music as to have assimilated his musical language utterly, or whether it's simply the raw musicianship and cultivated intelligence of the performers, there's a clarity and intensity in each verse that is spine-tingling … here, as elsewhere, the latent energy of the words as made manifest in Byrd's setting is realized with the kind of skill and conviction that moves rather than simply amazes. Which is, I guess, the point of religious music' (International Record Review)

Make ye joy to God all the earth
composer
Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets … fit for Voyces or Viols, 1611, xxiv; AATTB
author of text
Psalm 100: 1-3; translated by ? Richard Verstegan in The Primer, or Office of the blessed Virgin Marie, 1599

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Make ye joy to God (Psalm 100: 1–3) comes from Byrd’s 1611 collection of Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets and uses a translation printed in The Primer, or Office of the blessed Virgin Marie from 1599. There is an intimacy and intricacy to this music and a clear understanding of how to translate the sort of word-painting found in madrigals into spiritual music: a riot of triplets suggesting carefree laughter at the words ‘Serve ye our Lord in gladness’ and running quavers at the word ‘jollity’.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2012

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