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Gibbons: Hosanna To The Son Of David / Marlow, Fretwork


Release Date: 08/05/2008 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51231   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip RushforthChristopher Allsop
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  FretworkCambridge Trinity College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Orlando Gibbons was one of the last generation of English madrigalists and writers of anthems and choral polyphony, although most of his music was unpublished at his death. Here is a CD of 18 anthems. Gibbons wrote a total of forty such anthems – some strictly polyphonic; others simpler ‘verse anthems’.

These are settings of various texts associated with the Anglican rite to which Gibbons subscribed and in which milieu he made his name: he presided over the funeral of James I, for example, in 1625. It seems likely that the narrative for Palm Sunday from Mathew Chapter 21, Hosanna to the son of David, itself, was composed for a royal occasion - King James I saw his position as head of the English and Scottish church as
Read more analogous to Christ’s. This is the record of John tells the story of John the Baptist and Almighty and Everlasting God is a short polyphonic anthem with the text from Advent.

There is a pleasing mixture of moods on this CD. From the quiet and introspective, to more outgoing works like Praise the Lord, o my soul and O clap your hands. Of great beauty with its sinuous plangent melody is Behold, thou hast made. Such contrasts go some way towards revealing the breadth of Gibbons’ accomplishment.

Those unfamiliar with this repertoire may have misgivings that it’s bland and unvaried music. That its devotional burden overpowers inventiveness and/or that the forces for which it was written must – in the twenty-first century - articulate an odd blend of formal, remote words with ‘thin’ music. Never. The Trinity College Choir – sensuously yet unceremoniously recorded – will convince you of the opposite. Works like Oh Lord, in thy wrath and Blessed are all they that fear are focused, economical, rich, lucid and entirely accessible to the modern ear. Far from ‘churchy’, they are intricate and subtle works of music in their own right. Once you get used to the idiom, you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty of the lines and the poetry of the harmonies and resultant colour.

The singing of the Trinity College choir is delicate, resonant and meticulously focused on bringing these qualities out. Fretwork’s role is a relatively minor one. But when they do join with the choir, their playing is fresh and supportive; it enhances this wonderful, touching and poignant music.

-- Mark Sealey, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hosanna to the Son of David by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ), Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1994 
Venue:  Chapel, Trinity College, Cambridge 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
O Lord, I lift my heart to thee by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ), Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
3.
O all true faithful hearts by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ), Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
4.
This is the record of John by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ), Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
5.
Lift up your heads by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ), Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
6.
Almighty and everlasting God by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ), Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
7.
See, see, the word is incarnate by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1616; England 
8.
Praise the Lord, o my soul by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
9.
O clap your hands by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
10.
Glorious and powerful God by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
11.
O Lord, in thee is all my trust by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
12.
O Lord, how do my woes increase by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Christopher Allsop (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
13.
Out of the deep by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
14.
Behold, thou hast made my days by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
15.
Blessed are all they that fear the Lord by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
16.
I am the resurrection by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 

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