Byrd: Consort Songs. Blaze

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Label: Helios
Catalog: CDH55429
Format: CD

Robin Blaze (countertenor), Concordia

Byrd: Consort Songs

This mid-priced reissue draws the listener into the richly layered world of Queen Elizabeth I. William Byrd’s consort songs tell of courtly love; Sir Philip Sidney’s demise in battle becomes an eloquent lament; an old woman tumbling down amid a flurry of human skulls represents contemporary desires for freedom of speech; moral temptations are likened to a storm-tossed ship; and a hymn to the Muses is inspired by the death of Thomas Tallis. The longest single piece here is Byrd’s famous Lullaby My sweet little baby. Despite Byrd’s claims that these works were designed to persuade everyone to learn how to sing, this music makes the highest vocal demands - demands far exceeded in the glorious singing of Robin Blaze.

Price: $13.98