Michael Noone


William Byrd
Gradualia (1607)

William Byrd’s Gradualia (1607) have been placed “among the finest English works of all time.” By employing the single voices envisioned by the composer, our recording returns these virtuosic cries for justice and freedom to the perilous context of the clandestine liturgies for which they were composed. Byrd’s musical rhetoric, a direct and sophisticated response to the suffering of a people living and dying under a brutally oppressive regime, is as searingly relevant today as it was when the works were notated with ink that flowed as copiously as the Catholic martyrs’ blood ran within the walls of the Tower of London
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