Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Byrd Motets (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 271 MB
Label: Choir of King's College, Cambridge | Tracks: 19 | Time: 56:02 min
The Motets of William Byrd form a remarkable compendium of Latin sacred music, all the more so for being the work of a dissident Catholic composer working in a staunchly Protestant environment. Dating from the second half of the sixteenth-century, a period of intense religious turmoil, the Motets were written for private use in clandestine Catholic households, and published in three collections during the reign of Elizabeth I (despite her official opposition) with two further compilations under James I.