Tudor Masters – Byrd & Gibbons

Sacred music of the English Renaissance

A pleasing new compilation of sacred Early Music by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.  Rave 3 Star Penguin review, and rich stereo sound that belies these 50 year old recordings’ age.  Byrd’s striking Mass for Five Voices is accompanied by pieces from “The Great Service” as well as his splendid setting of Ave Verum Corpus.  To this is added three magnificent Gibbons anthems, all delivered in sparkling form by the King’s College choristers.

Mass for 5 Voices: “The serenity of the King’s account, with its long flowing paragraphs, remains very appealing… Under Willcocks, there is an inevitability of phrasing and effortless control of sonority and dynamics that completely capture the music’s spiritual and emotional feeling”

Gibbons: “The collection is imaginatively chosen… Gibbons is a major musical personality.” (Penguin Guide 3 Stars)