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Byrd - Britten / Williams, Choir of Jesus College Cambridge


Release Date: 02/03/2017 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 481  
Composer:  William ByrdBenjamin Britten
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Led by Mark Williams, the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge continue their critically-praised series of recordings on Signum with this new recording of works by British composers Benjamin Britten and William Byrd. Byrd and Britten, their respective careers separated by about three hundred and fifty years, share one very significant characteristic. They were both, in quite different ways, outsiders. As a devout Catholic existing within an alien environment - a state which ultimately viewed Catholicism as the equivalent of sedition - Byrd was obliged to pursue a kind of double life, expressing his spiritual exile in music of emotional intensity. Like Byrd, Britten became highly regarded by the establishment for his artistic achievements, but Read more reservations regarding his homosexuality prevented his complete acceptance. Both his pacifism and his sexual orientation made him an outsider. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
O Lord, make thy servant "A prayer for the King" by William Byrd
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
Hymn of St Columba by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
3.
Nunc dimittis by William Byrd
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
5.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 2 - Ave verum corpus by William Byrd
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1605; England 
6.
Laudibus in sanctis by William Byrd
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written:  ; England 
7.
Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
8.
Praise our Lord all ye Gentiles by William Byrd
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Written: pub 1611 
9.
Antiphon, Op. 56b by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
10.
The Queen's Alman, MB 10 by William Byrd
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11.
Missa Brevis in D major, Op. 63 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
12.
Quomodo cantabimus? by William Byrd
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
13.
Te Deum in C major by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Mark Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 

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