Byrd 1589: Songs of Sundrie natures | Alamire, Fretwork & David Skinner | INV1011

Byrd 1589: Songs of sundrie natures

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Total playing time [122:37]

Jacob Heringman (lute)
Lynda Sayce (lute)
David Skinner (director)

Byrd’s first song collection was published in 1588. In the following year he writes that he had ‘bene encouraged thereby, to take further paines therein, and to make the pertaker thereof, because I would shew my selfe gratefull to thee for thy loue, and desirous to delight thee with varietie, whereof (in my opinion) no Science is more plentifully adorned then Musicke.’

This 1589 collection, therefore, offers songs of 3, 4, 5 and 6 parts, ‘to serue for all companies and voyces: whereof some are easie and plaine to sing, [while] other
more hard and dificult.’ Byrd clearly sought to be as inclusive as possible for all musicians, amateur and professional.

With the 1589 collection, Byrd’s complete early song collections are now committed to recording. Together they provide a variety themes and textures, as well as vocal and instrumental combinations, demonstrating the richness of Elizabethan courtly music.

Album Booklet (PDF)


Disc 1

Songs in three parts

Seven Penitential Psalms
1. Lord in thy rage rebuke me not
2. Right blessed are they
3. Lord in they wrath correct me not
4. O God which art most merciful
5. Lord hear my prayer instantly
6. From depth of sin
7. Attend mine humble prayer Lord

8. Susanna fair
9. The Nightingale
10. When younglings first
11. Upon a summer’s day
12. The greedy hawk

Songs in four parts

13. Is love a boy?
14. Wounded I am
15. From Citheron the warlike boy is fled
16. O Lord my God
17. While that the sun

Disc 2

Songs in five parts

1. Weeping full sore
2. Penelope that longed for the sight
3. Compel the hawk
4. See those sweet eyes
5. When I was otherwise
6. When first by force
7. I thought love had been a boy
8. O dear life
9. From Virgin’s womb
10. Of gold all burnished

Songs in six parts

11. Behold how good
12. An earthly tree a heavenly fruit
13. Who made thee Hob
14. And think ye nymphs
15. If in thine heart
16. Unto the hills mine eyes I lift
17. Christ rising again

'The ensemble-singing here is first-rate [...] it’s mightily impressive.'

- Gramophone - Editor's Choice

'This is elegant, affectionate, lively singing with a spontaneous edge in shiny acoustics.'
Choir & Organ

'The ensemble-singing here is first-rate [...] it’s mightily impressive.'
Gramophone Editor's Choice

'[...] complete accounts of the first (2021) and now the second collection by the Alamire/Fretwork team on the Inventa label are very welcome. There is no questioning the technical ability of these performers [...]'
BBC Music Magazine

© 2023 Resonus Limited / Alamire
Ⓟ 2023 Resonus Limited / Alamire
Catalogue No. INV1011
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262793503
Cover image by Julian Hindson
Release date: 7 April 2023