William Byrd—the leading composer of Protestant, Elizabethan England—also wrote liturgical music for clandestine religious observances. Among his most serene and pure works, these intimate five-voice masses are drawn from his second book of Gradualia, published in 1607, and were probably sung at the chapel of the Catholic Petre family at Ingatestone in Essex.
"Chanticleer, a group of 12 singers, offer just the right proportion for this music. And what wonderful music it is, complete 5-part settings of the propers for the principal Mass of Easter Day and that for the Assumption, together with three Marian antiphons."—MusicWeb International