Diapason d’Or for The Cardinall’s Musick’s latest Byrd recording

3 July 2007

The premier French reviewing magazine, Diapason, has awarded a coveted Diapason d’Or to The Cardinall’s Musick’s latest disc Laudibus in sanctis (volume 10 of the Byrd series). The recording has been universally acclaimed by the critics, with comments such as:

“If, according to Burney, the Mannheim orchestra of 1772 was ‘an army of Generals’, the Cardinall’s Musick of 2006 is surely ‘an exaltation of larks’... Performances of exquisite perfection” (International Record Review)

“The 12 voices sing out, individuality intact and ideal for airing the awesome polyphony of Byrd’s Latin motets, both fervent and meditative” (The Times)

“This is the tenth disc in the ensemble’s complete recordings of Byrd, but the first in the series with Hyperion… [The] engineering gains and the artists’ freshness and conviction make this recording a high-water mark in the project. Carwood has captured the passion, delicacy and complexity of England’s greatest Renaissance composer” (BBC Music Magazine)

“The grasp that Andrew Carwood and his Cardinall’s Musick group have on Byrd’s scores now seems unassailable; the fluidity and elevated level of internal detail in the opening ‘Laudibus in sanctis’ sets out their stall for the rest of this thoughtfully conceived album” (Choir & Organ magazine)

” … Le volume X atteint une variété sonore qui rend justice à tous les registres du programme, jusqu’aux passages madrigalesques les plus échevelés, Apparebit in finem le premier. Toujours à un par voix, brillamment conduits, ces excellents chanteurs magnifient avec autant de maîtrise que d’engagement un immense compositeur. Magistral” (Diapason)

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