Gibbons, O: Hosanna to the son of David - CD

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Passion & Resurrection

Passion & Resurrection

Music inspired by Holy Week


In resurrectione tua


Woefully arrayed


Congratulamini mihi

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

I am the Resurrection


Maria Magdalene


In monte Oliveti


Surrexit pastor bonus

McCabe, J:

Woefully arrayed

Morales, C:

O Crux, ave


O sacrum convivium


Dum transisset Sabbatum I


O vos omnes

Texts inspired by the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter, set to music by some of the greatest Renaissance composers are the basis of this new hybrid SACD from Stile Antico. Included are two settings of the poem 'Woefully arrayed': the first by William Cornysh, the second composed for Stile Antico in 2009 by John McCabe (b. 1939). This is its first recording and Stile's first foray into contemporary music.

Stile Antico is the benchmark ensemble of young British singers, working without a director and conducting much of their own artistic research for their programmes and concise, yet entertaining booklet notes. Much in demand in concert, the group performs regularly throughout Europe and North America. Their recordings on harmonia mundi have enjoyed great success, winning awards, including the 2009 Early Music Gramophone Award for Song of Songs.

Their performances have repeatedly been praised for their vitality and commitment, expressive lucidity and imaginative response to text. Stile Antico’s recent engagements include débuts at the BBC Proms, London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, early music festivals in Boston, Bruges, Barcelona and Utrecht, and at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico. The group has toured extensively with Sting, appearing across Europe, Australia and the Far East as part of his Dowland project 'Songs from the Labyrinth', and is regularly invited to lead courses at Dartington International Summer School.

“The performances are second to none, rivetingly presented with all the skill of master musicians who have been doing this for years—the miracle is that they are all young, and yet still are able to penetrate the essence of these wonderful works. Need I say more?” Audiophile Audition, 31st October 2012 *****

“The run-up to Christmas seems hardly the most propitious time to release an Easter-themed anthology of choral music, but regardless, Passion & Resurrection is to be welcomed both for its skilled execution, and for clever programming” The Independent, 3rd November 2012 ****

“Beautifully presented as always...Is the perfectly blended Stile Antico sound too uniform for all this varied music? The clarity of Taverner's Dum transisset is lovely, but Tomás Luis de Victoria's O vos omnes lacks some Spanish passion.” The Observer, 4th November 2012

“The McCabe beautifully tailored to the 12 voices of the choir. Although fiendishly difficult to perform, they manage it with superb poise and great dynamic sensitivity and projection. Clearly this is a group that can sing in tune, mantain its balance and enunciate words clearly.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****

“Stile Antico are probably at their best when the music invites them to sing out. The preference for a choral over a chamber music sound is clearly deliberate (as is the slow tempo adopted for the more solemn English pieces).” Gramophone Magazine, Janauary 2013

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Music from the reign of King James I

Music from the reign of King James I

Gibbons, O:

Great King of Gods

O all true faithful hearts

Fancy in C fa ut

Robert Quinney (organ)

Fancy in Gamutt flatt

Robert Quinney (organ)

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Fantasia of four parts

Robert Quinney (organ)

Hosanna to the son of David

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Almighty and everlasting God


Robert Quinney (organ)

O clap your hands

Hooper, E:

Great Service

Ramsey, R:

How are the mighty fallen


Be strong and of a good courage

O sing unto the Lord a new song

When David Heard

Then David mourned

Westminster Abbey has been the focus of British royal occasions for centuries, and the early seventeenth century saw the most dazzling musicians of the age writing music for the Court in all its various incarnations. This fascinating disc presents a selection of works from the reign of King James I.

The most celebrated name on this disc is that of Orlando Gibbons, and some of his most masterly works are presented here including the gloriously contrapuntal O clap your hands and the startlingly original verse anthem See, see, the Word is incarnate, setting an extraordinary text which covers the whole of the liturgical year.

The most eloquent and emotionally intense music recorded here was most likely never intended for performance in the Abbey, or any other church, but has a particularly Royal relevance. The laments of King David were set by many composers of this period. These moving texts have no place in the liturgy, being neither part of the Ordinary of Psalms and canticles, nor able to furnish a seasonally appropriate or devotional anthem. Their composition seems therefore to have been a response to the death in November 1612 of the Prince of Wales, Prince Henry. These are courtly laments, in which the composers give voice – and perhaps vied to give voice most eloquently – to the grief of the King (in the settings of David’s lament for his son Absalom) and Prince Charles (in the ‘Jonathan’ pieces, in which the king describes his friend as ‘my brother’). Included is the best known of all the ‘Absalom’ pieces, Tomkins’s When David heard, together with his equally moving ‘Jonathan’ setting, Then David mourned.

“Where words and music most happily merge - for instance in Gibbons's Hosanna to the Son of David - the director and his vocalists exude confidence, animating melodic lines gracefully to reach a satisfying climax. In the largely contrapuntal O clap your hands, O'Donnell's deft handling of voices brings a lovely delicacy to the texture.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***

“The hero of the disc is...the Abbey's sub-organist Robert Quinney...Stylish, tastefully registered and crisply delivered [the four Gibbons organ pieces] are in their way true gems...many choirs would envy the tight ensemble, impeccable intonation and crystal-clear diction, not to mention the unfailingly excellent solo voices drawn from the ranks of the choir” International Record Review, March 2011

“The laments by Tomkins and Ramsey, and Gibbons's "O Lord, in thy wrath", all sung unaccompanied, are moving in their intensity...this recording should be snapped up by all lovers of the period.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

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Masters of the English Renaissance

Masters of the English Renaissance


Factum est silentium

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Mason, John:

O Rex Gloriose

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Sheppard, J:

The Lord's Prayer


Kyrie 'Le Roy'

Alleluia. Veni, electa mea

Ave Dei Patris filia


Alleluia, I heard a voice

Give ear, O Lord

Ninth Service

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford perform masterpieces by Taverner, Weelkes, Dering, Gibbons and Mason.

“To hear a choir like this is to hear a quality of musicianship with no equal anywhere in the world” The Independent on Sunday

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England My England

England My England


Psalm 67: God be merciful unto us, and bless us

Bourgeois, T-L:

All people that on earth do dwell

arr. Vaughan William

The Wallace Collection


Jubilate Deo in C major (1961)


Ave verum Corpus

Lustorum Animae


To be sung of a summer night on the water, No. 1


Lux aeterna

arr. John Cameron

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Drop, drop, slow tears

Goodenough, R P:

Psalm 150: O praise God in his holiness

Goss, J:

Praise my soul, the King of Heaven

descant Cleobury

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd


Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Academy of Ancient Music

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields

Harris, W:

Faire is the Heaven


I Vow to Thee, My Country


Greater love hath no man

Michael Pearce (treble) & Paul Robinson (bass)

Miller, E:

When I survey the wondrous Cross

arr Rutter

Monk, W H:

Abide with me



Psalm 84: O how amiable are thy dwellings

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Repton)

Thomas Bullard (baritone)

I was glad

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria


Come ye sons of art (Ode for Queen Mary's birthday, 1694), Z 323

David Hansen (alto)

Academy of Ancient Music

Thou know'st, Lord, Z 58c

David Blackadder, Phillip Bainbridge, Susan Addison & Stephen Saunders (flatt trumpets)


Pie Jesu (from Requiem)

Edward Saklatvala (treble)

City of London Sinfonia

Requiem - Requiem aeterna

City of London Sinfonia


The Day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (St Clement)

arr Rutter


Beati quorum via, Op. 38 No. 3

Evening Service in G, Op. 81: Magnificat

Alastair Hussain (treble)


Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

If ye love me


Song for Athene

Vaughan Williams:

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

Let all the world in every corner sing

English Chamber Orchestra

Mass in G minor – Kyrie

John Eaton (treble), Nigel Perrin (alto), Robin Doveton (tenor) & David van Asch (bass)


When David Heard

Thomas Williamson, Peter Stevens, Oliver Brett, James Lancelot, Benjamin Bayl, James Vivian, Tom Winpenny, Christopher Hughes (organ scholars)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra & Band of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Stephen Cleobury, Sir Philip Ledger & Sir David Willcocks

There is surely no more quintessentially English sound than that of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, its unaccompanied voices – evocative of immemorial sandstone, of cool cloisters, of evensong in church, chapel and cathedral – serene in the music of Shakespeare’s contemporaries Byrd and Gibbons, ethereal in Delius heard of a summer’s night across the Backs of the River Cam.

No less iconic is the chapel that lends its unique acoustic to that sound. One of the glories of the English perpendicular style of architecture, it was eventually completed in 1547, a little over a century after the founding of the college itself by Henry VI.

This collection opens and closes with coronation music: Zadok the Priest was written for the crowning of George II in 1727, I was glad for that of Edward VII in 1902. Both were so successful that they have been sung at every coronation since their premières. Parry’s ‘processional anthem’ is heard here in its full panoply of extra brass and shouted Vivats, the choir of King’s choir providing the semi-chorus in the exquisite interlude ‘O pray for the peace of Jerusalem’.

In between are motets ancient and modern – from the miniature If ye love me and the architectural splendour of the 40-part Spem in alium to William Harris’s dramatic double-choir Spenser setting Faire is the Heaven; well-known psalms sung to Anglican chant; and favourite hymns, notably All people that on earth do dwell, arranged ceremonially for another coronation, that of Elizabeth II.

As well as national rejoicing there is solemn remembrance. Come ye sons of art away is Purcell’s 1694 birthday ode for Queen Mary, Thou knowest, Lord part of the music he wrote for her funeral just nine months later. John Ireland’s Greater love hath no man is often heard on Remembrance Sunday; Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene made a powerful impression at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; while John Rutter’s small-scale, personal Requiem touched a wider public following the attacks of 11 September 2001. But ‘Nimrod’ above all epitomises music of national remembrance. Here a choral setting of it, Lux aeterna, represents our ‘Shakespeare of music’, Edward Elgar.

“This anthology… is undeniably useful in gathering to one place these scattered gems of excellence, the more so the King's College performances guarantee a consistently high level of interpretation in repertoire they would regard as home territory.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

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Gibbons: Church Music

Gibbons: Church Music

Gibbons, O:

The First Song of Moses - Song 1 from George Wither's Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623)

Second Preces and Responses

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo (Second Service, morning)

This is the Record of John

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Glorious and powerful God

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Short Service)

Almighty and everlasting God

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Hosanna to the son of David

O Lord increase my faith

O clap your hands

God is gone up

“The artistry of the performers perfectly matches Gibbons's demands in this Critics' Choice disc. Limpid clarity, sensitivity to text and earnest delivery reveal the subtleties of the composer's writing.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2007 ****

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Taverner to Tavener

Taverner to Tavener

Five Centuries of Music at Christ Church, Oxford


Salvator Mundi


How dear are thy counsels


Factum est silentium

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Greene, E:

Lord, let me know mine end

Harris, W:

Lord of Love and Light of Light

Henry VIII:

Pastyme with good companye


A Prayer of King Henry VI

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria


Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135


Hymn to the Holy Spirit


Kyrie 'Le Roy'


A Litany 'Drop, drop slow tears'

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A Celtic Christmas

A Celtic Christmas


Over the Rainbow

arr. P. Dyer, T. Andersson and A. Chance

Berlin, I:

White Christmas

arr. J. Rathbone

Farrant, R:

Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Gruber, F:

Stille Nacht


Santa Baby

arr. M. Thomas


Raise Your Voices

Matteis the Elder:


Ground after the Scotch Humour


When She Came Ben She Bobed

Gilliam Callum

Wexford Carol

Suo gan

Is Fada Liom Uaim Í

arr. C. Leonard

Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day

arr. Holst

A New Tune

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

arr. David Willcocks

Wesley, S S:

O Thou who camest from above (Hereford)

arr. A. Chance

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Choir, Paul Dyer

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the period instrument band from down-under, shot to international attention with the acclaimed release in early 2010 of their recording of Handel Concerti Grossi Op.6 (4763436), a release widely praised for its musicality, energy and imagination, traits clearly evident in their new release – A Celtic Christmas.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Christmas concerts are almost as traditional as mince pies at Christmas having entertained audiences across Australia for over 15 years. Each year Paul Dyer programmes the concerts with imagination in abundance, seamlessly blending ancient with the modern. A Celtic Christmas draws on stunningly beautiful hymns of the 16th century, a Welsh lullaby, traditional Irish and Scottish melodies, a sprinkling of favourites – Silent Night and O Come, All ye Faithful – a homegrown arrangement of Over The Rainbow concluding with an epic offering by Eurovision winners, Secret Garden, Raise your Voices.

In Artistic Director Paul Dyer’s own words; ‘Planning our Christmas concerts is like pouring my soul into making a mixed tape for someone special and then staging it. I source the most beautiful, joyous and uplifting music I can find from the Renaissance right through to recent times - and then put the Brandenburg stamp on it.”

The Brandenburg Orchestra are in good voice on this recording, their versatility heard in the playing of some Shetland fiddle tunes and a Ciaccona by the 18th century Neapolitan violinist Nicola Matteis.

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Gibbons: Phantasm

Gibbons: Phantasm

Consorts for Viols

Gibbons, O:

Fantasia a 4 for the viols

Fantasias (6) a 6, MB31-36

Fantasia MB7

Fantasia MB8

Fantasia MB9

Fantasia MB10

Mask Welcome home MB42

Go from my window

Hosanna to the son of David

In Nomine a 5 No. 1 in D minor

In Nomine a 5 No. 2 in G minor

Pavan Lord Salisbury MB18

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Mask Nann’s mask or French Alman MB41

Ground Peascod time, or,The hunt’s up MB30

The Silver Swan

Susanna Pell (tenor viol), Asako Morikawa (bass viol)


Phantasm plays "like angels singing". This was the verdict of BBC World Affairs correspondent John Simpson who presented Phantasm with a 2004 Gramophone Award for its recording of Viol Consorts by Orlando Gibbons.

Originally released on Avie, 'Gibbons: Consorts for viols' has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best recordings from Linn artists.

With this unique collection juxtaposing Anthems and Madrigals with Fantasies and Dances, Phantasm are firmly in their element of the 16th century English consort tradition, infusing Gibbons' passionate polyphony and rapturous harmonies with a suaveness unmatched by any other viol ensemble performing today.

Phantasm has re-defined the art of viol playing. Inspired by the great 20th century string quartets, the striking unity and suave sonorities are unmatched by any other viol ensemble playing today.

Phantasm has been widely acclaimed for its previous recordings with Linn - its 2011 recording of William Byrd was named 'Disc of the Month' by BBC Music and its 2009 Linn debut of music by John Ward was described as 'stunning' by Gramophone. The award-winning ensemble has been applauded across the globe for its moving performances and is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.

Critics have described their performances and recordings as 'intoxicating', 'revelatory', 'electrifying', 'interpretations pervaded by a truly burning spirit'..

The quartet’s international members (from Britain, Finland and the US) are based in Oxford and have toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and East Asia. They are joined by Asako Morikawa and Susanna Pell for this performance.

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The Shadow of Thy Wings

The Shadow of Thy Wings

Music for Compline


Communion: Factus est repente


Sent from God

first recording


Regina Caeli a 8

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Nunc dimittis (Short Service)


Vidi Speciosam


Nunc dimittis, H127


Psaume 121

Morgan, H:

The Word of the Cross

first recording


Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater

Patterson, P:

Salvum fac populum tuum Domine

Philips, P:

Salve regina


Ubi caritas

first recording


In manus tuas


Ave Regina caelorum for eight voices

Nunc dimittis (Tone III)

The Merbecke Choir, Huw Morgan

SFZ Music, the independent label for His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, are pleased to announce their latest release, the debut recording by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan. The Merbecke Choir is the Cathedral’s volunteer choir of young adults, formed to give former choristers a chance to continue singing in the Cathedral as well as offering the same opportunity to young professionals and students in the diocese. The choir is named after the Tudor composer John Merbecke, who was tried at the Cathedral and condemned to death for heresy, only to be pardoned as he was a 'mere musician'. The choir is probably unique in the UK in having the office of Compline as its principal service: this CD offers a portrait of the choir’s repertoire for that service, as well as the office itself complete with psalms, readings and prayers, officiated by the Cathedral’s succentor Anna Macham. The music includes magnificent double choir settings by Victoria, Peter Philips and Giovanni Croce, as well as more intimate Renaissance works. Contemporary composers are well-represented, including three first recordings of pieces by John Pickard, Alexander Campkin and the choir’s director, Huw Morgan. The programme is rounded off by Gustav Holst’s glorious 8-voice setting of the Nunc Dimittis, composed for Compline at Westminster Cathedral in 1915.

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Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV732 'Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich'

Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich, BWV376

Chorale Prelude BWV738 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her'

Chorale Prelude BWV722 'Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ'

Chorale Prelude BWV729 'In dulci jubilo'

In dulci jubilo, BWV368

O Jesulein süß, BWV493


Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht


A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28: Hodie Christus


O virgo virginum

Eriksson, G:

O Kriste du som ljuset är

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David


Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Mauersberger, E:

Macht hoch die Tur



Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël


Nun komm der Heiden Heiland


Hodie Christus natus est

Weyrauch, J:

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

Calmus Ensemble

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