1605: Treason and Dischord


Signum Classics are proud to release the fourth disc from The King’s Singers on Signum Classics – 1605: Treason and Dischord. On 5 November 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught preparing to detonate 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords unveiling an act of attempted treason that shocked the whole of Europe. What led a group of young Catholic men to risk their lives for their faith? 400 years later the King’s Singers and Concordia illuminate the dangers of hearing Mass in secret, of conspiracy and downfall, and of protestant relief and celebration, through a project of music and prose. The music, structured around Byrd’s perfect 4-part Mass, contains motets by Catholic composers, balanced with protestant anthems celebrating the downfall of the plot, and a commission from the British composer, Francis Pott. Master Tresham: His Ducke reflects on the ‘9/11’ of its day – 5/11/1605. The script, drawing on historic texts and written by Deborah Mackay for the quatercentenary concert series related to this CD, uses the dramatised persona of William Byrd, the most famous composer of his age, to recreate the atmosphere of change and hope in the Jacobean court.

★★★★ The performers bring verve and forceful emotional fervour to these works of protest – Classic FM Magazine

A brilliant fusion of Renaissance and contemporary idioms – The Scotsman

Strongly recommended – International Record Review

There is never a question of technical polish and precision with the King’s Singers – American Record Guide

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The King’s Singers

RELEASE DATE: 06/06/2005
BARCODE: 635212006122

1. George Whitehead’s Almand John Dowland

2. Kyrie William Byrd, from Mass for 4 voices

3. A Fancie William Byrd 

4. Gloria William Byrd, from Mass for 4 voices

5. Ardens est cor meum Richard Dering 

6. Civitas sancti tui William Byrd

7. Ave Maria gratia plena Peter Philips

8. Credo William Byrd, from Mass for 4 voices

9. Sir Henry Umpton’s Funeral John Dowland 

10. O Lord how joyful is the King Thomas Weelkes

11. From Virgin’s womb/Rejoice, rejoice William Byrd 

12. M. Bucton’s Galliard John Dowland 

13. Sanctus & Benedictus William Byrd, from Mass for 4 voices

14. Master Tresham: His Ducke Francis Pott

15. Agnus Dei William Byrd, from Mass for 4 voices

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