Music for an Elizabethan Christmas
Parthenia with Julianne Baird, soprano
Release date August 31, 2010
Following a long-treasured tradition of music for Christmas, the viols of Parthenia join famed soprano Julianne Baird to present a sparkling array of songs, dances and carols from Elizabethan England. Along with music by Thomas Morley, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Ravenscroft, Dr. John Bull and Tobias Hume, this disc features a wide variety of music by the celebrated master composer of England’s Golden Age, William Byrd.
“Julianne Baird scarcely needs an introduction as an unsurpassed mistress of late Renaissance and Baroque music… Parthenia is equally accomplished, spinning out its instrumental lines with caressingly soft, silvery tone and polished ensemble playing.” –Fanfare