Byrd: Songs

Byrd: Psalmes, Sonets & Songs (1588)
The Consort of Musicke - Anthony Rooley
L'Oiseau Lyre (Florilegium) 443 187
Decca "British Music Collection" 475 049


  1. O God give ear and do apply (5 voices)
  2. O Lord, how long wilt thou forget (tenor, 4 viols)
  3. If women could be fair (5 voices)
  4. What pleasure have great princes (countertenor, 4 viols)
  5. In fields abroad (soprano, 4 viols)
  6. The match that's made (soprano, 4 viols, chorus)
  7. All as a sea (contralto, 4 viols)
  8. Susanna fair (soprano, 4 viols)
  9. Care for thy soul (mezzo-soprano, 4 viols)
  10. Lullaby (mezzo-soprano, 4 viols, chorus)
  11. Come to me, grief, for ever (5 voices)
  12. O that most rare breast (countertenor, 4 viols)

Performers: Emma Kirkby, Poppy Holden (sopranos); Jacqueline Fox, Evelyn Tubb (mezzo-sopranos); John York Skinner (countertenor); Mary Nichols, Cathy Cass (contraltos); Joseph Cornwell, Andrew King (tenors); John Milne, Francis Steele (basses); Trevor Jones, Alison Crum, Oliver Hirsh, Gregor Anthony (viols)

Playing time: 65'

Recording date: May 1980; CD reissue: 1994

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Todd M. McComb