William Byrd

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William Byrd (/bɜːrd/; birth date variously given as c.1539/40 or 1543 – 4 July 1623, by the Julian calendar, 14 July 1623, by the Gregorian calendar) was an English composer of the Renaissance. He wrote in many of the forms current in England at the time, including various types of sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard (the so-called Virginalist school), and consort music. He produced sacred music for use in Anglican services, although he himself became a Roman Catholic in later life and wrote Catholic sacred music as well.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Glenn Gould plays William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons Glenn Gould; William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons 1
1985 Mass for four Voices / Choral music (Quink Vocal Ensemble) William Byrd 1
1986 Pavans and Galliards William Byrd; Davitt Moroney 1
1987 Missa in Tempore Paschali William Byrd; Chanticleer 1
1987 Songs of Sundrie Natures William Byrd; The Hilliard Ensemble, London Baroque 1
1987 The Great Service William Byrd; The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips 3 2
1989 Messes (Deller Consort, Alfred Deller) William Byrd 1
1989 Motets and Anthems William Byrd; The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter 1
1990 Gradualia: The Marian Masses William Byrd; The William Byrd Choir, Gavin Turner 2
1990 Pieces From "The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book" William Byrd; Ursula Duetschler 3 1
1991 Grounds and Variations William Byrd; Elaine Thornburgh 1
1992 Early Music: Mass for Four Voices / Infelix Ego / Mass for Five Voices William Byrd; Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly 1
1992 3 Masses William Byrd 1
1992 Englische Virginalmusik Tomkins, Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, Farnaby; Gustav Leonhardt 1
1993 My Ladye Nevells Booke William Byrd; Christopher Hogwood 1
1993 The Three Masses William Byrd; The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips 2
1996 3 Masses / Mass "The Western Wind" William Byrd / John Taverner; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks 2
1996 Mass for 5 Voices (The Sixteen, director: Harry Christophers) William Byrd 1
1996 Renaissance Masterpieces, Volume I: Great Britain Byrd & Tallis; The Clerks of The Choir of New College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom 1
1998 BBC Music, Volume 6, Number 10: Masses and Motets (BBC Singers feat. conductor: Bo Holten) Byrd / Tallis 1
1998 With Lilies White: Consort Songs & Music for Viols (Ensemble Orlando Gibbons feat. alto: Gérard Lesne, viol: Wieland Kuijken) William Byrd 1
1999 The Early Byrd William Byrd; I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Sophie Yates 1
1999 The Complete Keyboard Music of William Byrd William Byrd; Davitt Moroney 1
2001 Keyboard Music (harpsichord: Davitt Moroney) William Byrd 1
2001 Fairest Isle Barbara Bonney / Henry Purcell / John Dowland / William Byrd / Thomas Campion 1
2004 My Ladye Nevells Booke William Byrd; Christopher Hogwood 1
2004 Music for a Hidden Chapel (Chanticleer) William Byrd 1
2004 Consort Songs (Fretwork, feat. soprano: Emma Kirkby) William Byrd 1
2005 Four Temperaments William Byrd,Alfonso Ferrabosco, Robert Parsons, Thomas Tallis; Phantasm 1
2005 Harpsichord Music William Byrd; Gustav Leonhardt 1
2005 Pescodd Time William Byrd; Bertrand Cuiller 1
2007 Second Service & Consort Anthems William Byrd; Bill Ives, Fretwork, The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, Rogers Covey-Crump, Stefan Roberts, Ryan Leonard 1
2008 Heavenly Harmonies William Byrd, Thomas Tallis; Stile Antico 1
2012 BBC Music, Volume 20, Number 7: Byrd & Tallis: Sacred Choral Music William Byrd & Thomas Tallis 1
2012 The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume 2 William Byrd; Pieter-Jan Belder 2
2013 The Phoenix Rising William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons, Robert White, John Taverner; Stile Antico 1
2013 Times Go by Turns Byrd, Plummer, Tallis; New York Polyphony 1
Consort and Keyboard Music, Songs and Anthems (Rose Consort of Viols) William Byrd 1
John Come Kiss Me Now William Byrd; Andreas Staier 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Byrd Edition (The Cardinall's Musick feat. conductor: Andrew Carwood) William Byrd 13
1998 The Caged Byrd William Byrd; Concordia, I Fagiolini, Sophie Yates 1
2007 The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd William Byrd 3

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Mr Tomkins: His Lessons of Worthe Byrd, Bull, Tomkins, Tallis; Bertrand Cuiller 1
Byrd: Masses for 3, 4 & 5 voices, Ave verum William Byrd 1
Music Of The 16th And 17th Centuries Volume 7: Music For Voice And Viols William Byrd 1

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