Byrd: The Great Service & Anthems (Digital Deluxe Version)

Byrd: The Great Service & Anthems (Digital Deluxe Version)

CKD 608 Sleeve
Label(s)
Code
CKD 608D
Booklet available for download
  • Sentence: I Will Goe to My Father
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Sentence: I Will Goe to My Father

    00:18
    $0.00
  • The Great Service: I. Venite
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    The Great Service: I. Venite

    04:30
    $2.40
  • Lesson: And David Spake the Words
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Lesson: And David Spake the Words

    07:37
    $0.00
  • The Great Service: II. Te Deum
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    The Great Service: II. Te Deum

    09:08
    $4.80
  • Lesson: And Paul Earnestly Beholding the Councell
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Lesson: And Paul Earnestly Beholding the Councell

    06:46
    $0.00
  • The Great Service: III. Benedictus
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    The Great Service: III. Benedictus

    09:02
    $4.80
  • Prayer and Thankesgiving for the Happy Deliverance of His Majestie
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Prayer and Thankesgiving for the Happy Deliverance of His Majestie

    03:50
    $0.00
  • O God, the Proud Are Risen Against Me
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    O God, the Proud Are Risen Against Me

    02:44
    $2.40
  • The Great Service: IV. Creed
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    The Great Service: IV. Creed

    05:09
    $4.80
  • Fantasia, BK 62
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Christian Wilson

    Fantasia, BK 62

    08:27
    $4.80
  • Sentence: I Exhort You Therefore
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Sentence: I Exhort You Therefore

    00:28
    $0.00
  • Sing Joyfully
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    Sing Joyfully

    02:27
    $2.40
  • Lesson: After the Death of Moses
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Lesson: After the Death of Moses

    04:34
    $0.00
  • The Great Service: V. Magnificat
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    The Great Service: V. Magnificat

    08:34
    $4.80
  • Lesson: Let Every Soule Be Subject Unto the Higher Powers
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Lesson: Let Every Soule Be Subject Unto the Higher Powers

    03:24
    $0.00
  • The Great Service: VI. Nunc dimittis
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    The Great Service: VI. Nunc dimittis

    05:27
    $4.80
  • Collect: Almighty God and Heavenly Father
    Artist(s) David Suchet

    Collect: Almighty God and Heavenly Father

    01:41
    $0.00
  • Exalt Thyself, O God
    Composer(s) William Byrd
    Artist(s) Colm Carey Christian Wilson Odyssean Ensemble

    Exalt Thyself, O God

    03:53
    $2.40

Total running time: 87 minutes.

Album information

The Odyssean Ensemble’s impressive debut recording features the Great Service of William Byrd, a rather neglected work of genius interspersed with some contemporaneous anthems and readings by the actor David Suchet.

Uniquely the Odyssean Ensemble performs the piece in a new performing edition created by Byrd expert Andrew Johnstone, who also contributes fascinating booklet notes. Accompanied by a reconstructed Goetze & Gwynn Tudor organ (the St Teilo organ, expertly played by Christian Wilson), director Colm Carey leads listeners into Byrd’s rich and colourful sound world. Contemporary readings from Cranmer’s newly created Book of Common Prayer of 1549 give the performance a unique historical context and help transport the listener back to the period when this piece was written.

The music in the Great Service is of unparalleled proportions and inexhaustible variety; Byrd vividly represents the text at every opportunity stimulating the listener’s imagination. The Great Service encapsulates the canticles that were sung during the services of Matins and Evensong, which made up an important part of the Book of Common Prayer.

This recording continues the Odyssean Ensemble’s exploration of English music of the 16th century, perhaps one of the golden eras of musical composition.