Early Byrd

The Early Byrd
Early works for voices, viols and virginals by William Byrd, Vol. 1
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth / Fretwork / Sophie Yates
Chandos Chaconne 0578


  1. Attollite portas (6 voices)
  2. Triumph with pleasant melody (2 countertenors, viols)
  3. O Lord, how vain (soprano, viols)
  4. All in a Garden Green (virginal)
  5. Domine secundum actum meum (6 voices)
  6. Truth at the first (soprano, viols)
  7. Who likes to love (soprano, viols)
  8. Wolsey's Wilde (virginal)
  9. Da mihi auxilium (6 voices)
  10. Farewell, false love (countertenor, viols)
  11. O Mistrys Myne (virginal)
  12. Miserere mihi, Domine (6 voices)
  13. My mind to me a kingdom is (soprano, viols)
  14. La volta (virginal)
  15. Ad Dominum cum tribularer (8 voices)

Performers: Anna Crookes, Carys Lane (sopranos), Robin Blaze, Richard Wyn Roberts (countertenors), Nicholas Hurndall Smith, Hugh Wilson (tenors), Roderick Williams (baritone), Matthew Brook, Charles Gibbs (basses), Richard Campbell, Julia Hodgson, William Hunt, Richard Boothby (viols), Sophie Yates (virginals)

Playing time: 73'

Recording date: November 1994

As the title says, these are early pieces by Byrd. The next volume in the series:

The Caged Byrd
Music for voices, viols & harpsichord from a time of persecution, Vol. 2
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth / Concordia / Sophie Yates
Chandos Chaconne 0609

Note that the virginal performances are very dimly recorded here, and are almost inaudible next to the motets.

Other recordings by this ensemble:

Fire and Ashes
Monteverdi: Madrigals, Vol.2
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth
Chandos Chaconne 0749
The Madrigal in Venice
Politics, Dialogues & Pastorales
I Fagiolini / English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble - Robert Hollingworth
Chandos Chaconne 0697
The Triumphs of Oriana
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth
Chandos 0682
Tomkins: Music Divine
I Fagiolini
Chandos Chaconne 0680
Vecchi: L'Amfiparnaso
I Fagiolini
Chandos 5026 (DVD)
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth
Metronome 1004
All the King's Men
Henry VIII & the Princes of the Renaissance
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth / Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1012
All the King's Horses
Knights, Poets and Patrons of the Renaissance Courts
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth / Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1013
Pastyme with Good Companye
I Fagiolini / Forbury Consort
Griffin 2365
Music for a Harmonious World
I Fagiolini / SDASA Chorale
Erato "Detour" 18837

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Todd M. McComb