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Beautifully rounded sound on this recording combines with the freshness, vivacity and energy of very fine performances, shaped with taste, understanding and lovely legato lines by Colm Carey who, turning his hand more to choral directing nowadays, truly owns this repertoire. Here is Byrd composing for Protestants: and what wondrous stuffit is – both a magnificent expression of the aesthetic liturgical leanings encouraged by Elizabeth I, and an anti-Calvinist celebration of quality music as God’s giftand blessing. The excellent liner notes include a spot of fascinating organ geekery for those that want it.

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