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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67533
Recording details: February 2005
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: November 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 1 seconds

'A very polished and confident performance. Quinney gives equally fluent renditions of the Voluntary and 'Fancie for My Lady Nevell', completing a disc that fulfils its brief with distinction' (Gramophone)

'The Choir of Westminster Abbey revels in the score's complexity, animating the dialogues within its ten-part texture with clarity and conviction … this disc shows us clearly why the Great Service ranks as Byrd's definitive Anglican music' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Byrd's Great Service was not discovered until the 1920s, and is one of his most magnificent creations, awesome in scale and hugely demanding, with its intricate and complex 10-part polyphony … For those wanting larger forces and boys' voices in the treble parts, this is a mightily impressive option. The abbey's 'authentic' cathedral acoustic is a bonus, lending even more grandeur' (The Sunday Times)

'This is a fine start of a new series' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is one of Britain's best liturgical choirs…' (Early Music)

O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
composer
author of text

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction
Byrd joined Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel Royal in 1572, and probably wrote this anthem a few years later. Its text comes from Psalm 21, but has been customized to address Elizabeth by name. Following the queen’s death in 1603, the words of the anthem had to be changed to match the name of each succeeding monarch; but since 1952, by pleasing coincidence, Byrd’s original text is once again relevant.

from notes by John Milsom 2013


Other albums featuring this work
'Byrd: The Great Service' (CDGIM011)
Byrd: The Great Service
'Byrd: Playing Elizabeth's Tune' (CDGIM992)
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'Byrd: The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd' (CDGIM208)
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'Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67704)
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'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
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