Friday, December 12, 2014

William Byrd - Magnificat (from Second Service)

Ensemble Hilaris


Here is a movie from the BBC that talks about the surprising career of a Catholic composer working for the Protestant Queen.  I've not  now seen the whole thing but the performances of his music in it are quite fine.  It's unusually well done for a BBC history, if a bit indulgent for one of the more brutal monarchs in English history (though no where near as brutal as her psychopathic father).

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