Byrd Song – Phantasm

William Byrd: Songs and Consorts: La Verginella; Fantasia a4; Rejoice unto the Lord; In fields abroad; Fair Britain Isle; Though I be Brown; O Lord how vain; In nomine no.1 a4; In nomine no.2 a4; Susanna fair; My Misterss had a little dog; Thoughmore… Amaryllis dance in green; Lullaby; Ye Sacred muses

Phantasm: Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol, director · Wendy Gillespie, treble and tenor viols · Jonathan Manson, tenor viol · Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol · Geraldine McGreevy, soprano · Ian Partridge, tenor

Phantasm performs jewels from Byrd´s instrumental oeuvre – including his “Fantasia a4” – and several of his songs, with the help from soprano Geraldine McGreevy and tenor Ian Partridge, in what has become a remarkable recording.

kr 139

Genre: Early music

William Byrd´s songs

From the 1850s into the years of his old age, William Byrd cultivated the native English tradition of songs for a high voice accompanied by a consort of viols covering a staggering range of expressive styles. Rather than producing songs for a solo voice with a background accompaniment of four viols, Byrd ensures the independence of each of the five lines on every page of the music. As a result, the instrumental parts, through the use of their own idiomatic means of expression, aspire to articulate the words or ´ditties´ in a form that both enhances and supersedes spoken speech.

The award-winning consort Phantasm, dedicated to music for viols, has previously recorded Byrd´s five- and six-part “Fantasies” and “In nomines” on the album “Still Music of the Spheres – Consorts by William Byrd and Richard Mico” on Simax Classics (PSC1134), and this time they embark on several other jewels from Byrd´s instrumental oeuvre – including his “Fantasia a4” – and several of his songs, with the help from soprano Geraldine McGreevy and tenor Ian Partridge, in what has become a remarkable recording.

Geraldine McGreevy |Ian Partridge |Jonathan Freeman-Attwod |Phantasm |William Byrd

Release date: 10.02.2000

EAN : 7033662011919

Cat.No.: PSC1191

Priskategori : CD