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Laudibus in sanctis

5vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 i–ii
author of text
Psalm 150, paraphrased

The Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
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Recording details: June 2013
St Giles' Cripplegate, United Kingdom
Produced by Isabella de Sabata
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: May 2014
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds

Cover artwork: Photo by Michael Rimmer.

Other recordings available for download

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter (conductor)
Jesus College Choir Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor)
King's College Choir Cambridge, Sir Stephen Cleobury (conductor)


'The major interest of these impressive performances is that they reflect the interpretative approaches developed by John Eliot Gardiner over decades of experience in many types of music … he brings a Baroque exuberance to Byrd's Laudibus in Sanctis' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This set of performances offers a different perspective on this music compared to what one would experience from hearing a smaller consort sing it. I welcome both approaches and I find Gardiner and his superb choir are very persuasive and stimulating guides to this repertoire' (MusicWeb International)
This joyful and quite extended setting of an anonymous poetic paraphrase of Psalm 150 opens the 1591 Cantiones Sacrae. It is interesting that Byrd wrote very few madrigals but was willing, here and elsewhere in his sacred works, to adopt madrigal techniques—word-painting, dance rhythms and clear sectional construction—if he so chose. Laudibus in sanctis is one of the most madrigalian of Byrd’s motets, a feature that in 1591 would have seemed novel and even revolutionary. An interpretative conundrum presents itself in the ‘laeta chorea pede’ section: Brown (in The Byrd Edition) and Kerman are categorically certain that the dotted minim here is equivalent to the semibreve of the preceding and following sections. There are no manuscript sources for this piece; is it possible that there is a mistake in the only source we have, Byrd’s printed edition? Proportional notation was confusing and sometimes ambiguous even to sixteenth-century musicians.

from notes by John Rutter © 1989

Other albums featuring this work

Byrd & Britten: Choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD481Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music
CSCD507Download only
Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis & other sacred music
Byrd: Motets
Studio Master: KGS0024-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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