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So much emphasis is placed on the Roman Byrd that this outstanding recording of his Anglican music is a timely reminder of his extraordinary versatility at the interface of art and faith. There is a madrigalian feel to much of this highly-charged reading of The Great Service, emphasised by a consort performance, bustling with vitality and the white heat of reforming zeal. The selection from Songs of Sundrie Natures 1589 and Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets 1611 is similarly committed and characterful. If the clarity of the recording has an occasionally over-bright edge, it only serves to suggest the febrile freshness of music written in an age of instability.

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