The Land of Smiles - Overture Franz Lehar
The King’s Singers accompanied by Concordia bring verve and forceful emotional fervour to a collection of these works of protest
Composer: Byrd, Dowland, Dering, et al
Repertoire: '1605 Treason & Dischord'
Artists: The King’s Singers; Concordia
Label: Signum Classics SIGCD061
Modern appeals to Britain’s eternal sovereignty overlook the instability caused by James I’s accession to the English throne. This fascinating disc spotlights the conflict that almost blew the king and his parliament to high heaven four centuries ago, exploring the reluctance of Roman Catholics (William Byrd among them) to accept the Anglican Settlement.