World Première Recording
William Byrd’s Gradualia (1607) have been placed “among the finest English works of all time.” 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 in the days when Catholics in England were forced to practice their religion behind closed doors.
Composer: William Byrd
Performing artists: Ensemble Plus Ultra
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August 7, 2008