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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 0 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)

Sing joyfully
composer
author of text
Psalm 81: 1-4

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The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Introduction
Byrd composed surprisingly few anthems, bearing in mind that he was a member of the Chapel Royal for more than four decades. This one, with words from Psalm 81, is arguably his best, and definitely his most popular. There’s something of the madrigal about it, especially at the words ‘Blow the trumpet in the new moon’.

from notes by John Milsom 2013


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