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listen  1. Attollite portasFagiolini, I 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. O Lord, how vainFagiolini, I 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. All in a garden greenSophie Yates 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Domine, secundum actum meumFagiolini, I 7:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Truth at the firstFagiolini, I 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Who likes to loveFagiolini, I 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Wilson's wildSophie Yates 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Da mihi auxiliumFagiolini, I 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Farewell, false loveFagiolini, I 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. O mistress mine, I mustSophie Yates 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Miserere mihi, DomineFagiolini, I 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. My mind to me a kingdomFagiolini, I 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. La volta in No. 1 in G Major, "Lady Morley"Sophie Yates 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ad Dominum cum tribularerFagiolini, I 8:55Album Only

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  • Performer: I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Sophie Yates
  • Composer: William Byrd
  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000A60
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Blee on September 8, 2013
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Wonderful presentation of early works by Byrd done by one of the best of today's early music groups, I Fagiolini.
What's makes I Fagiolini special is that they present Byrd's music with an emotional resonance sometimes lacking in other groups. They build the music, but know and feel out what's hidden inside of it. That makes it for me much fuller and more robust.
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"The Early Byrd," with its appropriately punning title, presents an almost overwhelming taste of the early works of the Tudor composer William Byrd. His stunning versatility at even a young age emerges in over an hour of this collection's music. Everything from sacred works in Latin, Virginal keyboard music and more secular music in English appear here, arranged not by type or category, which would have produced a more academic or encyclopedic feel, but in an order that showcases the true range of Byrd's compositional skill. Latin motets appear alongside rich arrangements of viols that seem to float before the listener. Then a virginal comes in to provide even more variety to the mix. Some early music collections suffer from repetition where the arrangements and melodies of each piece almost seem to blend into one, giving the false impression that so-called "early music" was monolithic in style. "The Early Byrd" sits at the farthest extreme from such compilations.

The first four pieces exemplify this. "Attollite Portas" starts off with a hypnotic polyphony of Latin infused and unaccompanied singing of Psalm 24, verses 7 - 10. Next, the viols come in to provide the gorgeous lilting undertow of "Triumph with pleasant melody" in which a "sinner" and Christ have a musical dialogue in English concerning salvation. Period pronunciation was used, so, for example, listeners will not hear the word "rejoice" in the modern pronunciation, but a word that sounds closer to "Rejwess." This lends a definite aura of authenticity, particularly accompanied by an explanation in the CD booklet (thankfully downloadable from the Chandos website) explaining that detailed descriptions of period phonetics do still exist. So these seemingly lost pronunciations do not represent a mere educated guess.
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