Naked Byrd Two

Release date: January 2011
Label & number: Signum Classics – SIGCD235
Total Timings: 52.38

Armonico Consort
Director | Christopher Monks

Naked Byrd Two was recorded in the real tennis court in the village of Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire – a building with a most amazing acoustic – in February 2010 and, along with the earlier album Naked Byrd, completes the recording of a concert which has fast become the calling card of Armonico Consort. It is an indulgence of what may arguably be described as some of the greatest choral music ever written.

Track list:

  1. Salve Regina (Attributed to Herman Contractus) (Anna Sandström – Soprano)
  2. The Spirit of Tallis (Thomas Tallis) (arr. C Monks; Anna Sandström – Soprano; Kelly McCusker – Violin)
  3. Agnus Dei (Samuel Barber)
  4. Funeral Ikos (John Taverner)
  5. Hear My Prayer, O Lord (Henry Purcell)
  6. Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans (Hildegard of Bingen) (Anna Sandström – Soprano)
  7. Never Seek to Tell Thy Love (Jonathan Roberts) (World premiere recording)
  8. Crucfixus (Antonio Lotti)
  9. O Virtus Sapientiae (Hildegard of Bingen)  (Kirsteen Rogers – Soprano)
  10. Versa Est (Requiem) (Tomás Luis Victoria)
  11. Strengthen ye the weak hands (David Buckley) (Rachel Robinson – Soprano; Peter Morton – Tenor) (World premiere recording)
  12. Agnus Dei, from 4 part mass (William Byrd)
  13. The Lamb (John Taverner)
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