Naked Byrd, Vol. 2

This recording is compiled from Armonico Consort’s ‘Naked Byrd’ programme, featuring music by Tavener, Purcell, Barber and Byrd, composers who wore their hearts on their sleeves, and whose art saw their emotions laid bare, in an atmospheric concert where magical musical moments are intertwined with sublime passages of plainchant and violin improvisation. ‘Naked Byrd Two’ follows on from their December 2009 release (‘Naked Byrd’).

SIGCD235  52 minutes 35 seconds
'Barber's Adagio reworking and Tavener's Funeral Ikos are expertly paced with climaxes beautifully judged, Another pair of modern gems are David Buckley's setting from Isaiah, Strengthen ye, and Jonat ...
The Independent