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Who could not like this lovable recording of The Great Service by William Byrd? The complete dedication and total sincerity that the boys and men of the Choir of Westminster Abbey charismatically directed by James O'Donnell and discretely accompanied by organist Robert Quinney bring to their performance of Byrd's 400-year-old music more than compensates for the technical blemishes of their performances. If their tone is not always the most beautiful, if their youthful voices sometimes crack, if their intonation is not ...

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  1. O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  2. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Venite
  3. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Te Deum
  4. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Benedictus
  5. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Kyrie
  6. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Creed
  7. Prevent us, O Lord, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)
  8. Fantasia (Voluntary for my Lady Neville), for keyboard in G major, MB 61
  9. How long shall my enemies triumph, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)
  10. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Magnificat
  11. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Nunc dimittis
  12. Out of the deep, anthem for 5 voices (SSATB) (doubtful)
  13. Fantasia (Voluntary for my Lady Neville), for keyboard in G major, MB 61
  14. Christ rising again, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB) (part 1 of a 2-part motet; see "Christ is risen again")
  15. Sing Joyfully, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
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Byrd: The Great Service
2005, Hyperion

UPC: 034571175331

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