Alamire, David Skinner – Byrd 1588 – Psalmes, Sonets & Songs of Sadnes and Pietie (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Alamire, David Skinner – Byrd 1588 – Psalmes, Sonets & Songs of Sadnes and Pietie (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:35:45 minutes | 2,63 GB | Genre: Classical
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Following Tallis and Byrd’s first publishing venture of Cantiones Sacrae of 1575, Byrd waited some 13 years to again wake the presses with his compositions. His 1588 Psalmes, Sonets, & songs of sadnes and pietie was his first solo publication, for which Elizabeth’s Lord Chancellor (and notable favourite), Sir Christopher Hatton, acted as patron.

This is the first complete offering of the collection and was recorded on the grounds of Holdenby House, once the largest Elizabethan country house in all of England. Written at the height of Byrd’s creativity, it contains a treasure trove of musical delights. More famous among the collection includes two funeral elegies for Sir Philip Sidney (Come to me grief forever and O that most rare breast), Why do I use my ink, paper and pen? which is thought to allude to the martyrdom of the Jesuit Edmund Campion in 1580, as well as lighter secular songs from joyful madrigals to pained laments. Byrd here represents practically all levels of human emotion, with works performed by a variety of ‘voyces or Instruments’ as the composer himself directs.


1. David Skinner – O God Give Ear
2. David Skinner – Mine Eyes With Fervency of Sprite
3. David Skinner – My Soul Oppressed With Care and Grief
4. David Skinner – O Lord, How Long Wilt Thou Forget
5. David Skinner – O Lord Who in Thy Sacred Tent
6. David Skinner – O You That Hear This Voice
7. David Skinner – Ambitious Love
8. David Skinner – Although The Heathen Poets
9. David Skinner – My Mind To Me a Kingdom Is
10. David Skinner – Farwell False Love
11. David Skinner – If Women Could Be Fair
12. David Skinner – Who Likes To Love
13. David Skinner – La Verginella
14. David Skinner – Lullaby, My Sweet Little Baby
15. David Skinner – All As a Sea
16. David Skinner – Prostrate, O Lord, I Lie
17. David Skinner – Come To Me Grief Forever
18. David Skinner – Even From The Depth
19. David Skinner – Blessed Is He That Fears The Lord
20. David Skinner – How Shall A Young Man Prone To Ill
21. David Skinner – Help Lord, For Wasted Are Those Men
22. David Skinner – Lord In Thy Wrath Reprove Me Not
23. David Skinner – Though Amaryllis Dance in Green
24. David Skinner – Constant Penelope
25. David Skinner – I Joy Not in No Earthly Bliss
26. David Skinner – As I Beheld I Saw a Herdman Wild
27. David Skinner – Where Fancy Fond
28. David Skinner – What Pleasure Have Great Princes
29. David Skinner – In Fields Abroad
30. David Skinner – The Match That’s Made
31. David Skinner – Why Do I Use My Paper Ink and Pen?
32. David Skinner – Care For Thy Soul
33. David Skinner – Susanna Fair
34. David Skinner – If That a Sinner’s Sighs
35. David Skinner – O That Most Rare Breast