: Naked Byrd 2 - Armonico Consort

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Naked Byrd 2
Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks
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Catalogue Number: SIGCD235

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Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks (director)

This recording is compiled from the Armonico Consort’s Naked Byrd programmes, featuring music by composers who wore their hearts on their sleeves, and whose art saw their emotions laid bare, in an atmospheric concert where magical musical moments are intertwined with sublime passages of plainchant and violin improvisation. It follows on from their first volume in December 2009. Armonico Consort is, at its heart, a highly talented vocal ensemble that stages a wide variety of concerts.

“The choral blend and recorded balance are of demonstration quality. The music has a predominantly slow harmonic pulse, where vocal lines can float, suspensions can melt and the listener can relax and marvel at the singers' superb breath control and rock-steady intonation...[a] disc of unending delight”
Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“Armonica Consort is a very capable choir, clearly responsive to its conductor's urgings and producing a lovely sound which does not need the heavy layers of resonance to enhance it.”
International Record Review, March 2011

“perhaps most moving of all is the "Agnus Dei" section of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, re-scored by the composer for eight-part harmonies.”
The Independent, 28th January 2011


Agnus Dei

Buckley, D:

Strengthen ye the weak hands


Mass for four voices - Agnus Dei


Salve regina


Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans

O virtus sapientae




Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Roberts, J:

Never Seek to Tell Thy Love


The Spirit of Tallis

arr. Christopher Monks


Funeral Ikos

The Lamb


Versa est in luctum

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