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Hyperion Records

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Woman with a lute (detail, c1664) by Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55429
Recording details: May 2003
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2004
Total duration: 4 minutes 4 seconds

'Blaze continues to chart new territories of vocal expression. Blending purity with confidence, he draws on his vocal strengths—effortlessly sustained legato, delicate pianissimos, crisp declamation—to starkly varied effect, depending on the context of each song … in this marriage of technical mastery and instinctive understanding, Byrd's complex psychology stands revealed' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These songs are pure heaven: melancholic and moody, sweet and sad, Blaze—supported by the excellent viol consort Concordia (with Elizabeth Kenny providing lute accompaniment)—captures their heart with deceptive ease. A lovely release' (The Independent)

'Blaze is on superb form in this recording, his clear, unpretentious sound an ideal partner for Concordia … very satisfying it is too. Any chance of more of the same, Hyperion?' (International Record Review)

'Blessed with a most alluring countertenor—creamy in tone, naturally expressive, exquisitely controlled—Blaze is the perfect singer for Byrd’s consort songs … Blaze delivers with a refinement any great lieder singer would be hard pushed to exceed' (The Sunday Times)

'Exquisite singing from Robin Blaze reveals the sophistication of Byrd's way with words and music, backed by Concordia's irresistibly stylish playing' (Classic FM Magazine)

'These sensitive performances do full justice to a beautiful and largely little known repertoire' (Goldberg)

Ye sacred Muses
composer
Psalms, Sonets, and songs of Sadnes and Pietie, 1588
author of text
in memory of Thomas Tallis who died on 23 November 1585

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