The Gesualdo Six Releases Seventh Album: “Byrd: Mass for Five Voices”

The Gesualdo Six releases its seventh album, Byrd: Mass for five voices, on June 2. At the heart of the collection of works on this album is Byrd’s Mass for five voices, probably the last of a set of three Masses he composed after his move from the Chapel Royal in London to Catholic hibernation in Stondon Massey, Essex. While the Mass text is ritual Latin, the music is deeply intertwined with the motets he wrote. These Latin works are all triumphant statements of belief, exhibiting great power and tenderness, and all with a degree of contentment despite the tribulations surrounding their creation.