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Ditchley portrait of Elizabeth I by Marcus Gheeraerts
Reproduced by kind permission of The National Portrait Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDGIM992
Tewkesbury Abbey, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Neil Hutchinson
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 23 minutes 6 seconds

Mass for four voices
composer
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Nothing is more essentially Catholic than settings of the Mass, a point which would not have been lost on Elizabeth I’s secret police, dedicated as they were to tracking down and harassing believers in the old religion. No one had set these texts in England since Queen Mary’s reign some decades before (and would not do so again for three hundred years), so Byrd’s trilogy stands isolated in time. But the really daring part of the story is that he published this music, admittedly in small volumes without title-pages, but with his name clearly given. Having taken such risks it is not surprising to find that the music itself is deeply expressive. The four-part Mass is perhaps the most personal as well as the earliest of the set, almost certainly written in 1592. It retains some techniques from the distant past, such as blurring the boundaries between the tenor and alto parts, yet there are moments of intensity – like the ‘dona nobis pacem’ – which Byrd never surpassed in all his later music.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2007


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