< Back to recordings


Byrd - Cantiones Sacrae

Recorded 8-10 July 2001. Released April 2007.

“The vocalists’ ensemble and breath control permit not only the broadest of dynamic ranges, but also the quickest of contrasts and the lengthiest of crescendos. Marlow exploits this, shaping lines around Byrd’s superb word-settings, and the choir’s clarity of diction enhances the impact of Marlow’s phrasing…” – BBC Music Magazine

This album collects highlights from William Byrd’s two great collections of Latin motets of 1589 and 1591, in which technical accomplishment and recusant faith combine to often haunting effet.

Album page and digital booklet at Chandos Records

This album is available on Spotify: use the embedded player below to listen to track previews; click on the album title to listen to the album in full on Spotify.


Chandos Records / Chaconne CHAN0733


  • The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
  • Richard Marlow (Conductor)