Gibbons, O: See, see, the Word is incarnate

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Tudor Masters: Byrd & Gibbons

Tudor Masters: Byrd & Gibbons


Byrd:

Mass for five voices

Recorded 1960

The Great Service

Recorded 1960

Ave verum Corpus

Recorded 1960

Gibbons, O:

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Recorded 1959

with the Jacobean Consort of Viols

Glorious and powerful God

Recorded 1959

with the Jacobean Consort of Viols

Second Preces: I Will Magnify Thee

Recorded 1959

with the Jacobean Consort of Viols


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Tune thy Musicke to Thy Hart

Tune thy Musicke to Thy Hart

Tudor & Jacobean music for private devotion


Amner:

O ye little flock

A stranger here

Browne, J:

Jesu, mercy, how may this be?

Byrd:

Why do I use my paper, inke and penne?

Campion:

Never weather-beaten sail

Croce, G:

From profound centre of my heart

Dowland:

I shame at mine unworthiness

Gibbons, O:

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Parsons, R:

In nomine a 4 No. 1

In nomine a 4 No. 2

Ramsey, R:

How are the mighty fallen

Tallis:

Purge me, O Lord

Taverner:

In nomine a 4

Tomkins:

O Praise the Lord, All Ye Heathen

When David Heard


Stile Antico (joined by Fretwork) explore long-neglected repertory: the wealth of Tudor and Jacobean sacred music written for domestic devotion, rather than for church worship. Culled from collections intended for use in private homes, these pieces by Tomkins, Campion, Byrd, Tallis, Dowland, Gibbons and others, offer a unique insight into the turbulent religious climate of the time and the thriving musical culture at its heart.

Stile Antico is now established as one of the most original and exciting voices in its field. Much in demand in concert, the group performs regularly throughout Europe and North America. Their recordings are the best-sellers on the harmonia mundi label, winning awards including the Diapason d’or de l’année and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and have twice attracted GRAMMY nominations. Their release Song of Songs won the 2009 Gramophone Award for Early Music and reached the top of the US Classical Chart.

Few ensembles can match the breadth of Fretwork’s repertoire, which ranges from the first printed collection published in 1501 in Venice to music commissioned by the group this year. In the 25 years since its debut, Fretwork’s pioneering work has taken its members all over the world. Their consistently high standards have brought music old and new to audiences hitherto unfamiliar with the inspiring sound-world of the viol.

Fretwork’s acclaimed recordings of the classic English viol repertory – Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes, Byrd – have become the benchmark by which other performances are measured. Its arrangements of the music of J. S. Bach have garnered particular praise. Released in 2009, the harmonia mundi recording of Purcell’s Complete Fantazias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music.

“We are, perhaps, in a wood-panelled Elizabethan hall, where in the early 17th century the family of a large house gather for their private prayer. Voices and viols mix in harmony, ranging from the familiar simplicity of Thomas Campion's "Never weather-beaten sail" to the elaborate verse anthem by Orlando Gibbons's "See, see the word is incarnate"...Another triumph” The Observer, 29th January 2012

“The beautifully blended voices of Stile Antico give this music with all the intensity that its emotional content merits. But then every work here fairly burns itself on the heart.” Sunday Times, 12th February 2012

“the performances are wonderfully fresh, revelling in the harmonic false relations and affectingly attentive to the import of the words.” The Telegraph, 18th February 2012 *****

“a varied treasure trove of seldom heard but extremely affecting music, nicely sung and spliced together with some darkly-glittering string In Nomines played by Fretwork...[They] easily persuade us that there is such a thing as beautiful simplicity.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ****

“Stile Antico's sleek tuning and supple attention to words, and the studio recording, intimate but not claustrophobic, do bring a carefully plotted span (over 120 years) of sacred styles into our listening rooms with rare success.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“another winner from the 12-voice ensemble Stile Antico... The two pieces by Thomas Tomkins, O praise the Lord and When David heard, epitomise the expressive richness of the style. But the simplicity of Campion’s Never weather-beaten sail is also gorgeous, and there’s an unexpected rocking figure, John Browne’s much earlier Jesu, mercy, how may this be?, that becomes a real earworm. The contributions of the viol consort Fretwork are equally fine” Irish Times, 20th April 2012 *****

“The group's singing is, as ever, breathtakingly beautiful” Classical Music, 2nd June 2012 ****

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In Chains of Gold: The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem, Vol. 1

In Chains of Gold: The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem, Vol. 1

Orlando Gibbons – Complete Consort Anthems


Gibbons, O:

Behold, thou hast made my days

We praise Thee, O Father

In Nomine a 5 No. 1 in D minor

This is the Record of John

Great King of Gods

Do not repine, fair sun

In Nomine a 5 No. 2 in G minor

Glorious and powerful God

Blessed are all they that fear the Lord

O all true faithful hearts

Sing unto the Lord

In Nomine a 5 No. 3

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Lord, grant grace


Fretwork, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Magdalena Consort, Peter Harvey

Leading performers of 17th-century music Fretwork, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts and the Magdalena Consort (directed by Peter Harvey) combine forces under the artistic direction of William Hunt for this first complete recording of the consort anthems of Orlando Gibbons. Gibbons’ music is one of the artistic glories of the first Stuart reign. Amongst his sacred compositions, verse anthems such as This is the record of John and Behold, thou hast made my days are long acknowledged masterpieces, amongst the greatest in all English sacred music, but best known to most in their setting for choir and organ. Here they are presented together with an array of other great anthems, some of them scarcely known, in their more intricate and colourful versions for consort accompaniment.Following the instruction of such contemporary writers as Morley and Caccini, these radical new performances place communication of text at the forefront, seeking to rediscover the dramatic essence of the verse anthem that made it arguably the most effective musical creation of the English Reformation. With the incisive declamatory skill of several of the UK’s leading period performers, they reveal the extraordinary rhetorical and poetic power of this music, as it might have been heard in the Chapel Royal and the private domestic chapels of early 17th century England

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Music and musicians at Westminster Abbey

Music and musicians at Westminster Abbey


Britten:

Eight Medieval Lyrics Op. 91 for unaccompanied voices

Job's curse

Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

Evening hymn, Z193

A Hymn to the Virgin

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Gibbons, C:

Not unto us, O Lord

Organ Voluntarie in C

Gibbons, O:

O clap your hands

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Humfrey:

Hear my crying, O God

Parsons, R:

In nomine a 4 No. 2

Purcell:

My heart is inditing, Z30

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences

Vaughan Williams:

The truth sent from above

The blessed Son of God

White, Robert:

Christe qui lux es et dies IV


Westminster Abbey, the church at which all English monarchs have been crowned since 1066, is one of the great musical centres of the United Kingdom. Over the centuries, leading British organists, singers and composers have been closely associated with the abbey, which still plays a preponderant role in the musical and cultural life of the realm. From Orlando Gibbons to Benjamin Britten, this two-disc anthology presents a musical tour of this prestigious monument, its cloisters and the grandiose abbey church itself. A musical guide complete with plan to take you on a sumptuous pilgrimage through five centuries of creation.

“a nourishing anthology … performances range from good to excellent” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017 ****

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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

Preludium

Robert Quinney (organ)

O clap your hands

Hooper, E:

Great Service

Ramsey, R:

How are the mighty fallen

Tomkins:

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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Sing Alleluia

Sing Alleluia

Favourite anthems from Rochester Cathedral


Ashfield:

The Fair Chivalry

Brahms:

How lovely are Thy dwellings

Byrd:

Sing joyfully

Chilcott:

Be thou my vision

Ferguson, B:

It was in that train

Gibbons, O:

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Goss, J:

O Saviour of the World

Handel:

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

Leighton:

Solus Ad Victimam

Mendelssohn:

Hear My Prayer

Nardone:

I give to you a new commandment

Parry:

I was glad

Purcell:

O God, thou art my god, Z35

Rutter:

The Lord bless you and keep you

Stainer:

God so loved the world

Stanford:

Gloria in excelsis


Roger Sayer (organ)

Rochester Cathedral Choir, Scott Farrell and Dan Soper (directors)

A wonderfully-varied collection of favourite (and some rare!) anthems from this under-recorded cathedral choir.

Includes music associated with Rochester with music from Robert Ashfield and Barry Ferguson.

Robert Ashfield’s classic large-scale setting of The Fair Chivaly and Barry Feguson’s beautiful setting of words by St Theresa of Calcutta It was in that train.

Classic Handel, beautiful modern works from Bob Chilcott and Peter Nardone and a rare recording of Stanford’s magnificent Coronation Gloria.

Scott Farrell’s first recording with the choir since being appointed Director of Music at Rochester in 2008.

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Rise, O My Soul

Rise, O My Soul


Bull, J:

Almightly God, which by the leading of a star

Gibbons, O:

O all true faithful hearts

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Glorious and powerful God

Simmes:

Rise, O my soul

Tomkins:

Fantasie

Sing unto God

Above the stars my Saviour dwells

Ward, J:

Prayer is an endless chain


Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), Christopher Jackson

Rise, O my soul features the combined forces of Le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal and Les Voix humaines viol consort performing a selection of glorious English liturgical anthems from the reign of Elizabeth I. These full anthems, sung by a capella choir, and verse anthems, which include an instrumental accompaniment, take their texts from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and the Bible.

“The highest quality of performance on early instruments that can be found in North America” The Wholenote

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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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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

Sacred and secular music by Orlando Gibbons


Gibbons, O:

The Silver Swan

Hymns and Songs for the Church: Song 1

Almighty and everlasting God

Great Lord of Lords

Hymns and Songs for the Church: Song 46

Preludium

Hosanna to the son of David

Nay let me weep

This is the Record of John

O Thou, The Central Orb

Ground

O God the King of Glory

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

What is our life?

Pavan

Hymns and Songs for the Church: Song 44

See, see, the Word is incarnate


Christopher Gray (organ)

Truro Cathedral Choir, Robert Sharpe

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Angels Rejoice!

Angels Rejoice!


 

Lo! He comes with clouds descending

O come all ye faithful

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV729 'In dulci jubilo'

(organ solo)

Brahms:

Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 8 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen'

(organ solo)

Chilcott:

Nova! Nova!

Cochereau:

Sortie sur Adeste Fideles

(organ solo)

Edwards, P:

No small wonder

Gibbons, O:

See, see, the word is incarnate

Hadley, P:

I sing of a maiden

Halley:

Verbum caro

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Lasso:

Angelus ad pastores

Lauridsen:

O magnum mysterium

Parry:

Never weather-beaten sail (No. 3 from Songs of Farewell)

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Stanford:

Out of the deep (A Song of Hope)

Tavener:

Magnificat

Vann:

Eastern monarchs

Warlock:

Adam lay ybounden


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