Byrd: Consort Songs

Byrd: Consort Songs
Emma Kirkby / Fretwork
Harmonia Mundi HMU 90 7383 [CD]


  1. My mind to me a kingdom is
  2. Fantasia a 6 No. 3
  3. O Lord, how vain
  4. Content is rich
  5. Constant Penelope
  6. Pavan a 6
  7. Galliard a 6
  8. My mistress had a little dog
  9. O that most rare breast
  10. The noble famous Queen
  11. Fantasia a 4 No. 3
  12. Out of the orient crystal skies
  13. O Lord, bow down thine heav'nly eyes
  14. Fantasia a 6 No. 2
  15. Truth at the first
  16. O you that hear this voice
  17. He that all earthly pleasure scorns

Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano); Richard Boothby, Richard Campbell, Wendy Gillespie, Julia Hodgson, William Hunt, Susanna Pell (viols)

Playing time: 75'

Recording date: January 2004 (Suffolk)

[5], [10] Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8171 [CD] A History of Music, vol. 9: Chansons, Madrigaux & Songs à la Renaissance (1500-1600) / Songs & Madrigals from the Renaissance - Chansons de la Renaissance / Songs of the Renaissance

Some other recordings devoted to Byrd's songs, some also featuring consort accompaniment:

Byrd: Consort Songs
Robin Blaze / Concordia
Hyperion 67397
Byrd: With lilies white
Consort Songs & Music for viols
Gérard Lesne / Wieland Kuijken / Ensemble Orlando Gibbons
Virgin Veritas 45264
English Consort Music - I
Byrd: Consort Songs
James Bowman / Ricercar Consort - Philippe Pierlot
Ricercar 206442
Songs and Consorts by William Byrd
Geraldine McGreevy / Ian Partridge / Phantasm
Simax 1191
Byrd: Psalmes, Sonets & Songs (1588)
The Consort of Musicke - Anthony Rooley
L'Oiseau Lyre (Florilegium) 443 187
Songs and Sonnets
Music for Voice and Viols by William Byrd
Rachel Platt / Concordia - Mark Levy
Meridian 84271
Music of William Byrd
Tamara Crout, Louis Bagger, The New York Consort of Viols - Judith Davidoff
Lyrichord LEMS 8015
Byrd: Songs and Ensemble Music
The English Consort of Viols / Lynne Dawson
Musicaphon 56808
Byrd: Songs of sundrie natures
Music for voices and viols
Hilliard Ensemble / London Baroque
EMI Reflexe 47961
Byrd: Consort Music & Songs
bFive Recorder Consort
Coviello Classics 91725
Byrd: Consort and Keyboard Music / Songs and Anthems
Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Tessa Bonner, Timothy Roberts
Naxos 8.550604

Some of the above recordings include other genres such as consort & keyboard music. Another such recording which includes motets and has a chronological focus:

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

This is the beginning of a series. Later volumes will be noted in the above cited link.

A recording devoted specifically to Byrd's instrumental consort music:

Byrd: Complete Consort Music
Linn Records 372

A more general consort recording by the present ensemble, including references to many other recordings:

In Nomine
16th C. English music for viols
Amon Ra 29

Finally, some broader collections of consort songs:

Consort Songs
Connor Burrowes / Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Channel Classics 9196
Shakespeare's Musick
Songs & Dances from Shakepeare's Plays
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 446 687
Ye Sacred Muses
Consort Songs and Instrumental Music by Byrd & Gibbons
The Royal Consort / David Cordier
Globe 5159
A Candle in the Dark
Elizabethan Songs & Consort Music
Newberry Consort - Mary Springfels
Harmonia Mundi USA 907140
Consorts and Consort Songs
Music by William Byrd and His Contemporaries
Jill Feldman / Il Concerto delle Viole / Kees Boeke, et al.
Olive Music 004

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Todd M. McComb