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Track(s) taken from CDA67653

Circumdederunt me

5vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 xv
author of text
Psalm 17 (16): 5-7, adapted

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Recording details: November 2007
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: February 2009
Total duration: 4 minutes 50 seconds

Cover artwork: The Martyrdom of St Peter before Emperor Nero (M Fr 71 fol.28) by Jean Fouquet (c1420-1480)
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London

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'The performances are admirably directed, responsive to words, clear in their exposition of counterpoint, carefully blended in the homophonic passages. The Cardinall's Musick is an expert body of singers who know exactly what they are doing' (Gramophone)

'This performance is unparalleled in its depth of expression and intelligence. The Cardinall's Musick unerringly leads the listener to musical events that unlock Byrd's conception … crystalline sound reproduction ensures that every detail is captured. The imaginativeness of the selections for this disc attests to the scholarly expertise informing its production. In short, this performance brings us into the 'heavenly kingdom' longed for by Byrd' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The works for St Peter and St Paul … positively shimmer with exuberance … the beauties of these performances are revealed: litheness, energy and intelligence' (International Record Review)

'The Cardinall's Musick appeal like the most ardent supplicants at the altar rail. The flowing lines are rich with character and the blend is a bold mixture of individuals' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The completion of this series will be a landmark, but don’t wait to hear this beautiful disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'The Cardinall's Musick is certainly one of the world's more authoritative sources for well-researched, committed, fully engaging performances of Byrd's music, and anyone who wants to know the entire range of his work needs no further encouragement from me in making this newest release their next acquisition' (Classics Today)

'It may have been quite a long time coming but this eleventh disc from The Cardinall's Musick in their monumental exploration of William Byrd has certainly been worth the wait. The programme is built from the Cantiones Sacrae of 1591 and the Gradualia of 1607 and focuses on Byrd's recusant music. Throughout their series of recordings this method of interspersing the three books of Cantiones Sacrae with the two of Graduallia has been highly successful and what is most exciting is that it allows Andrew Carwood to be the first director to record the entire music from the Gradualia in liturgically appropriate combinations. Opening this album is the exquisite six-voice setting of Descendit de caelis which immediately confirms that these are performances that are every bit as good as the previous award-winning volume. There can be very few singers in the world just now that have such an understanding of Byrd's vocal works as The Cardinall's Musick and here they give impassioned and immediate performances that move on from the early music stereotypes that used to dominate in this field' (Musical Criticism.com)
Circumdederunt me shows Byrd in a more mournful light but also in a more contemporary one. He employs a number of telling harmonic shifts which he must have learned from his Continental colleagues and developed in his younger years. The piece moves upwards in tessitura and intensity at the repeated words ‘O Domine, libera animam meam’ (‘O Lord, free my soul’) before subsiding as if exhausted.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2009

Circumdederunt me nous montre un Byrd plus lugubre, plus contemporain aussi. Plusieurs fois, il use d’éloquentes inflexions harmoniques certainement apprises de ses confrères du Continent et développées dans ses jeunes années. Cette pièce gagne en tessiture et en intensité aux mots répétés «O Domine, libera animam meam» («Ô Seigneur, délivre mon âme»), avant de s’éteindre, comme exténuée.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Das Circumdederunt me zeigt Byrd in einer gedämpfteren Stimmung, aber auch in einer zeitgenössischeren. Er arbeitet mit mehreren aufschlussreichen harmonischen Verschiebungen, die er wohl von seinen kontinentalen Kollegen übernommen und in seinen jüngeren Jahren weiterentwickelt hatte. Das Stück bewegt sich in Lage und Intensität bei den Worten „O Domine, libera animam meam“ („O Herr, befreie meine Seele“) nach oben, bevor es wieder wie aus Erschöpfung nach unten sackt.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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