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The Byrd Edition, Vol. 12: Assumpta est Maria - Carys-Anne Lane (vocals); Cecilia Osmond (tenor); David Gould (vocals); Jeremy Budd (counter tenor); Julian Stocker (tenor);...
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  1. Propers for the Mass of the Nativity of the Virgin, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
  2. Quem terra, pontus, aethera, motet for 3 voices (STB)
  3. Salve Regina, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  4. O gloriosa Domine, motet for 3 voices (STB)
  5. Propers for the Mass of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
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  1. Propers for the Mass of the Nativity of the Virgin, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
  2. Quem terra, pontus, aethera, motet for 3 voices (STB)
  3. Salve Regina, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  4. O gloriosa Domine, motet for 3 voices (STB)
  5. Propers for the Mass of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
  6. Memento salutis auctor, motet for 3 voices (STB)
  7. Salve sola Dei genitrix, motet for 4 voices (SSST)
  8. Ave maris stella, motet for 3 voices (ATB)
  9. Propers for the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 1)
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There is no shortage of skilled British vocal groups performing the choral music of William Byrd, but this lovely disc of music drawn from the Gradualia collection of 1605 (it would have been composed probably over the previous decade, in the midst of Britain's political and religious turmoil) stands out even among strong competition. It's notable for the organization of the program, the forces used, and the sheer beauty of the singing in mixed-gender adult trios, quartets, and quintets. The Cardinall's Musick, under the ...

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The Byrd Edition, Vol. 12: Assumpta est Maria 2009, Hyperion

UPC: 034571176758

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