Gibbons, O: Great King of Gods

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Music of the Kingdom

Music of the Kingdom


 

I will always give thanks (The 'Club' Anthem)

composed jointly by John Blow, Pelham Humfrey, and William Turner ‘as a memorial of their fraternal esteem and friendship’

Britten:

Homage: Final Dance

Byrd:

O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

Carver:

Missa Dum sacrum mysterium: Sanctus Carver: Benedictus

Gibbons, O:

Great King of Gods

Handel:

Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4

Purcell:

Beati omnes qui timent Dominum, Z131

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: May Her Blest Example Chase

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: May She to Heaven Late Return

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary: Thou knowest, Lord

Ramsey, R:

When David heard

Tallis:

Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty

Missa Puer natus est nobis: Sanctus

Tomkins:

Be strong and of a good courage

Turges:

From stormy windes


This new compilation from The Sixteen brings together some of the finest works written for, and in celebration of, Monarchs and the Kingdom. From Turges in the 1400s to Britten in the 20th century, whether for magnificent state occasions or private devotion, the Kings and Queens of Great Britain have inspired and patronized some of our finest and most enduring music.

Included on this disc are two of Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems written for the coronation of King George II; excerpts from Purcell’s music for Queen Mary; and the Sanctus from Robert Carver’s sumptuous Missa Dum Sacrum Mysterium which may well have been sung at the coronation of James V. Taking centre-stage however, is Tallis’s dazzling Sing and glorify – the English setting of Spem in alium which was adapted for King James I to honour his son Henry, the newly-anointed Prince of Wales.

On display are centuries of superb compositions from the CORO catalogue of recordings made so far, with the exception of one specially recorded track: William Byrd's fabulous O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth.

Coro - COR16122

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Spem in alium

Spem in alium

Music for Monarchs and Magnates


Byrd:

Deus venerunt gentes

Gibbons, O:

O all true faithful hearts

Great King of Gods

Tallis:

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

Te Deum

Be strong

Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty

(English version of Spem in alium)

Tomkins:

Know you not

O God, the heathen are come


“Spem is taken at a brisk canter, dressed in brightly coloured plumage, and with its words English'd. The celebratory atmosphere is reinforced by the addition of viols, winds and brass.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

“Spem is literally a surround-sound piece, so this recording, the first to use the latest technology in new audio formats, gets closer than most. The Sixteen (enlarged to the requisite 40) have a suitably festive air for this, their 25th anniversary recording.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Recommended Version in English - October 2016

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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 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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Spem in alium

Spem in alium

Music for Monarchs and Magnates


Byrd:

Deus venerunt gentes

Gibbons, O:

O all true faithful hearts

Great King of Gods

Tallis:

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

Te Deum

Be strong

Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty

Tomkins:

Know you not

O God, the heathen are come


Spem in Alium is one of the great landmarks of polyphony and is heard here in all the glory of a Surround Sound recording.

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Coro - The Sixteen 30th Anniversary - CORSACD16916

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Gibbons - Anthems and Verse Anthems

Gibbons - Anthems and Verse Anthems


Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Sing unto the Lord

This is the record of John

Sarah Baldock (organ)

If ye be risen again with Christ

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Second Evening Service

Behold, thou hast made my days

Sarah Baldock (organ)

O God the King of Glory

Glorious and powerful God

Fantasia in A minor MB XX/12

O clap your hands

Thou God of wisdom

Blessed are all they that fear the Lord

Great King of Gods


Robin Blaze (countertenor) & Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (Director of Music)

‘The choral sound is exemplary—clean, but edged with an appealing English softness … a glorious sound’ (BBC Music Magazine)

“Hill breathes new life into Gibbons's union of musical and spoken rhetoric, using tempo and dynamics to set up conflicts between vocal lines. Perfectly complemented by Robin Blaze.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2007 ***

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Orlando Gibbons - With a Merrie Noyse

Orlando Gibbons - With a Merrie Noyse

Sacred Music


Gibbons, O:

This is the record of John

A Voluntary

Hymns and Songs for the Church: Song 1

A Fancy for Double Organ

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Second Service, evening)

O clap your hands

Great King of Gods

Almighty and everlasting God

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo (Second Service, morning)

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Hymns and Songs for the Church: Song 9


Rogers Covey-Crump, Steven Harrold (countertenors), Peter Harvey (baritone), Stephen Connolly (bass), Jonathan Hardy (organ)

Choir of Magdalen College Oxford, Fretwork, Bill Ives

“This is English choral singing of the first rank, enhanced by the yearning strings of our leading viol consort. Breathtaking.” The Independent

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Alfred Deller - Portrait of a Legend

Alfred Deller - Portrait of a Legend


 

Incipit lamentatio Jeremiae Dernière leçon du Samedi Saint

20 Shakespeare songs

17 folksongs

Buxtehude:

Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64

Couperin, F:

Deuxième Leçon de Ténèbres pour le mercredy

Gibbons, O:

Great King of Gods

Grandi:

Cantabo Domine

Palestrina:

Ave verum

Purcell:

The Fairy Queen, Z629: excerpts

King Arthur, Z628: excerpts

The Indian Queen, Z630: excerpts

Thetre Music Olinda: excerpts

In guilty night (Saul and the Witch of Endor), Z134

Tallis:

Te lucis ante terminum


Alfred Deller (countertenor)

“This four-CD set should help a whole new generation who may be unfamiliar with his work to begin to assess his remarkable contribution to renaissance and baroque music, and remind the rest of us of some quite outstanding performances…Deller was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the whole early music revival, and we must never forget him and his achievements.” Early Music Review

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