Tomkins: O Praise the Lord, All Ye Heathen

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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:

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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Anthology of English Anthems

Anthology of English Anthems

450 years Byrd to Tavener


Attwood, T:

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

Bairstow:

Blessed City, heavenly Salem

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Battishill:

O Lord, look down from heaven

Bennett, R R:

Verses

Berkeley, L:

Thou Hast Made Me

Blow:

My God, My God, Look Upon Me

Boyce:

O where shall wisdom be found?

Britten:

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a

Byrd:

O Lord Turn Thy Wrath

Teach me, O Lord

Exalt Thyself, O God

Sing joyfully

Croft:

God Is Gone Up With A Merry Noise

Fanner:

The Lord's Prayer

Farrant, R:

Hide not thou thy face

Finzi:

Welcome Sweet and Sacred Feast, Op. 27 No. 3

Gibbons, O:

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

O Lord, I Lift My Heart To Thee

Greene, M:

Lord, Let Me Know Mine End

Harper, J:

Salve Regina

Ubi Caritas

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Harvey, J:

Come, Holy Ghost

The Tree

Holst:

The Evening-watch, H159

Howells:

Like as the Hart

Thee will I love

Come, my soul

Ireland:

Greater Love Hath No Man

Joubert:

O Lorde, the maker of al thing

Leighton:

Drop, Drop Slow Tears

Give me the wings of faith

Morley:

Out of the Deep

Nolo mortem peccatoris

Ouseley:

Is it Nothing to You?

O Saviour of the world

Parry:

My soul, there is a country (No. 1 from Songs of Farewell)

Purcell:

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Rose, B:

Praise Ye the Lord

Sheppard, J:

The Lord's Prayer

Stainer:

I saw the Lord

Stanford:

The Lord is my shepherd

Glorious and Powerful God, Op. 135 No. 3

Stewart, H C:

King of Glory, King of Peace

Tallis:

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

Purge me, O Lord

O Lord, give thy holy spirit

Tavener:

Hymn to the Mother of God

Tomkins:

Then David mourned

O Praise the Lord, All Ye Heathen

Tye:

I Will Exalt Thee

Vaughan Williams:

Whitsunday Hymn

Walton:

Set me as a seal upon thine heart

Weelkes:

Hosanna to the Son of David

O Lord Arise

Wesley, S S:

Blessed be the God and Father

The Wilderness

Wilder, P:

Blessed Art Thou

Wood, C:

O thou the central orb

Hail, gladdening Light

Expectans Expectavi


Magdalen College Oxford, John Harper

“this set contains some very fine performances – particularly of the early twentieth century works. It makes fascinating listening especially for anyone interested in the development of music.” MusicWeb International, October 2012

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