William Byrd: The Second Service

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Program: #07-40   Air Date: Sep 24, 2007

Just released this month, Bill Ives directs the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford in David Skinner's reconstruction of Byrd's second Evensong service along, with verse anthems popular and rare.

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the new release featuring The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford on the Harmonia Mundi label.. For more information on this label, including past recordings and history, you may visit their web site at:


William Byrd: The Second Service & Consort Anthems (Harmonia Mundi CD HMU 907440)

The Choir of Magdalen College
Bill Ives, dir.

In Magdalen College Choir’s second collaboration with Fretwork, Bill Ives explores the rich Anglican repertoire of William Byrd. Well-known and much admired anthems such as Prevent us, O Lord and O Lord make thy servant, Elizabeth are interspersed with chamber works for organ, viols, and solo tenor (performed by Rogers Covey-Crump). Highlights include new reconstructions by Dr David Skinner of the Second Service, and a near-lost verse anthem in praise of Oriana herself, Queen Elizabeth I.

WILLIAM BYRD (c.1540-1623):

1 Arise, O Lord (2nd part: Help us, O God)
2 O God, that guides the cheerful sun
3 Alack, when I look back
4 In nomine a5 (II) (instrumental)
5 Second Service (Magnificat)
6 Fantasia in D minor (organ solo)
7 Second Service (Nunc dimittis)
8 In nomine a5 (IV) (instrumental)
9 Blessed is he that fears the Lord
10 Thou God that guid'st
11 O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
12 Fantasia in A minor (organ solo)
13 Lord in thy wrath
14 In nomine a5 (V) (instrumental)
15 Have mercy upon me, O God
16 Why do I use my paper, ink and pen?
17 Prevent us, O Lord

Composer Info

WILLIAM BYRD (c.1540-1623),

CD Info

Harmonia Mundi CD HMU 907440,

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