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Byrd: Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets (1611). Album by The Sixteen

Byrd: Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets (1611). Album by The Sixteen

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The Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets of 1611 was William Byrd’s final publication. And what a superbly fitting culmination to a lifetime of musical service it is! As well as being packed with variety and invention – including both sacred and secular music and using a range of forces from small trios to consorts to full choir – it is probably the happiest, most serene collection of music Byrd ever produced. 

The Sixteen is joined by celebrated viol consort, Fretwork, for this complete recording of William Byrd's 1611 Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets.

Double Album

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The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

Track Listing

Volume 1:

  1. The eagle's force
  2. Of flattering speech 
  3. In winter cold 
  4. Whereat an ant 
  5. Who looks may leap
  6. Sing ye to our Lord a new song 
  7. I have been young, but now am old 
  8. In crystal towers 
  9. This sweet and merry month of May 
  10. Let not the sluggish sleep 
  11. A feigned friend 
  12. Awake mine eyes 
  13. Come jolly Swains
  14. What is life, or worldly pleasure? 
  15. Fantasia (in 4 parts) 
  16. Come let us rejoice unto our Lord 
  17. Retire my soul, consider thine estate 
  18. Arise Lord into thy rest
  19. Come woeful Orpheus 

Volume 2:

  1. Sing we merrily unto God
  2. Blow up the trumpet 
  3. Crowned with flowers 
  4. Wedded to will is witless 
  5. Make we joy to God 
  6. Have mercy upon me O God 
  7. Fantasia (in 6 parts) 
  8. This day Christ was born 
  9. O God that guides the cheerful sun 
  10. Praise our Lord all ye Gentiles
  11. Turn our captivity, O Lord 
  12. Ah silly soul
  13. How vain the toils 

Total Run Time: 89.55