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  • Performer: William Byrd, Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Gimell
  • ASIN: B00005ATCZ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
--William Byrd--

William Byrd was a composer of grace and power. A staunch Catholic in an increasingly Protestant country, Byrd maintained his church loyalties at high cost. However, as a recognised genius at liturgical music, he had powerful admirers and friends, perhaps including Queen Elizabeth herself. Producing musical settings to Latin texts in a new-regime English-dominated church environment took courage. However, Byrd persevered all his life to produce music that remains timeless while being firmly rooted in its time.

--The Great Service--

'Great' in the sense here meant 'large' rather than 'excellent' or 'wonderful', but it nonetheless deserves the latter descriptions too. There are six movements in the Great Service, parts of the services of Matins, Evensong and Communion in the Anglican tradition. It does not have more common mass parts of Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. This is scored for MAATB, but in fact shifted to make use of many voices at different times in the progress. This piece held true to the developing Protestant ideal of clarity in lyrics for meaningful hearing.

--Other pieces--

As an added bonus, the Tallis Scholars have provided three English anthems by Byrd, 'O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth', 'O God, the proud are risen', 'Sing joyfully unto God'. The first is scored MAATB, and the other two MMAATB. 'Sing joyfully' is probably Byrd's best anthem, jubilant and astonishing. Byrd, together with Tallis (from whom this ensemble derives its name), was considered a master of the English anthem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tanis on December 5, 2007
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Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars give a lucid and sensitively shaped account of Byrd's Great Service. Theirs is a more intimate performance than one might expect to encounter in one of the great English cathedrals; they are fewer in number and thus achieve greater clarity of texture. The recording is quite excellent: it is made in a church acoustic (the Church of St. John, Hackney) and captures detail perfectly. It includes three other anthems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JayBe on January 2, 2013
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Along with Thomas Tallis himself and John Dowland, William Byrd is one of the towering English composers. Excellent, detailed, and musical performance of the Great Service/anthems.
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I have not heard another recording of this material, having been entranced at once by the performances on this disc and therefore never inclined to see if there is something better out there. As another reviewer remarked, these are intimate performances. They also successfully walk the tightrope of restraint versus emotion, and from that paradoxical mix produce an effect that is hypnotizing. Again, I cannot compare and contrast these with other recordings, but relative success aside, on an absolute scale I find this album pleasing in the extreme.
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