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Gibbons: Hymns And Songs Of The Church / Tonus Peregrinus


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557681   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Orlando GibbonsAntony PittsJohn Michael PittsAlexander L'Estrange,   ... 
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fans of Orlando Gibbons' church music will be pleased with this generously filled program, which purports to contain "all of the hymn melodies ascribed to Gibbons" and included in George Wither's 1623 collection Hymns and Songs of the Church. The English chamber vocal ensemble Tonus Peregrinus and its director Antony Pitts have made a fine impression in several earlier recordings (particularly their ambitious Naxos Book of Carols project--type Q8359 in Search Reviews--and their award-winning version of Arvo Pärt's Passio--Q6995), and they offer the same high standard of performance here. This is uniformly well-balanced ensemble singing, tonally rich, vibrant, and clearly articulated, and the straightforward style perfectly Read more suits Gibbons' functional, easily singable tunes.


Throughout, Gibbons' original melodies and bass lines are fully realized by contributions of inner parts by various arrangers--primarily director Pitts. Sometimes these settings are strictly traditional, but often Pitts and his colleagues take us into entirely new (for Gibbons), strikingly modern harmonic territory. There are a half dozen or so original pieces by Pitts and others among the 42 tracks, most of which have some direct textual or thematic link to Gibbons and the celebrations of the church year. In addition, the program is very intelligently organized with an ear toward key transitions from one track to the next--and with a sense of how to hold interest with so much "block-harmony" style.


Both chamber organ and double bass are used now and then (although I can't figure out the rationale for the latter in this context), and the program's eight sections are separated by "Amen" interludes apparently arising from a Pitts family mealtime tradition. Besides the various settings of Gibbons' beloved hymn known as "Song 1", highlights include the delightfully jazzy hymn by Alexander L'Estrange "As now the sun's declining rays" and the subsequent "Amen". And, hooray(!), Naxos handily displays track listings on the back cover of the CD booklet!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hymns and Songs: Song 1 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
2. Hymns and Songs: Song 47 "A song of joy unto the Lord" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Hymns and Songs: Song 46 "Christmas Day"."
Arranger: Antony Pitts.Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
3. Hymns and Songs: Song 46 "Christmas Day" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Hymns and Songs: Song 47 "A song of joy unto the Lord"."
Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
4. Thus angels sung by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
5. Hymns and Songs: Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
6. Thine for ever! by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
7. Amen by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; England 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
8. Hymns and Songs: Song 9 "Come kiss me with those lips of thine" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
9. Hymns and Songs: Song 13 "O my love, how comely now" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
10. Hymns and Songs: Song 14 "Arise thou North wind" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
11. Hymns and Songs: Song 18 "Who's this, that leaning on" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
12. Thy way, not mine by John Michael Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
13. There is a green hill far away by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
14. Hymns and Songs: Song 13 "Take my life" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
15. Lord, who by Thy perfect offering by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
16. Hymns and Songs: Song 24 "How sad and solitary now" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander L'Estrange.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
17. Hymns and Songs: Song 5 "The Beauty, Israel, is gone" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander L'Estrange.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
18. As now the sun's declining rays by Alexander L'Estrange
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
19. Hymns and Songs: Song 1 "Now shall the praises of the Lord be sung" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
20. Lord, who by Thy Resurrection by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
21. Hymns and Songs: Song 4 "Now in the Lord my heart" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
22. Hymns and Songs: Song 3 "Sing Praises Isr'el to the Lord" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
23. O Lord Most High by Richard James Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
24. Hymns and Songs: Song 67 "When one among the twelve there was" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
25. Hymns and Songs: Song 44 "To Thee, the Father, and the Son" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
26. Hymns and Songs: Song 1 "We are of Thee" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
27. Hark, my soul! by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
28. Come unto Me by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
29. Hymns and Songs: Song 20 "Lord, I will sing to thee" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
30. Hymns and Songs: Song 31 "Lord, thy answer I did heare" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
31. Hymns and Songs: Song 41 "Oh all you Creatures of the Lord" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander L'Estrange.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
32. Miserere Domine by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
33. Hymns and Songs: Song 22 "O Lord of Hosts and God of Israel" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
34. Hymns and Songs: Song 44 "Come Holy Ghost" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Parish Church, Bromley, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004 - 09/30/2004) 

Sound Samples

Prelude (arr. A. Pitts): Prelude [Song 1] (arr. A. Pitts)
A Song of Joy - Christmas Day (arr. A. Pitts): A Song of Joy / Christmas Day [Song 47 / Song 48] (arr. A. Pitts)
The Song of Angels (arr. A. Pitts): The Song of Angels [Song 34] (arr. A. Pitts)
Interlude: [Song 13] (excerpts)
Thine for ever!
Amen
The First Canticle (arr. A. Pitts): The First Canticle [Song 9] (arr. A. Pitts)
The Fifth Canticle (arr. A. Pitts): The Fifth Canticle [Song 13] (arr. A. Pitts)
The Sixth Canticle (arr. A. Pitts): The Sixth Canticle [Song 14] (arr. A. Pitts)
The Tenth Canticle (arr. A. Pitts): The Tenth Canticle [Song 18] (arr. A. Pitts)
Thy way, not mine
Amen
There is a green hill far away
Interlude, "There is a green hill far away": Interlude (There is a green hill far away)
Take my life (arr. A. Pitts): Take my life [Song 13] (arr. A. Pitts)
Amen
Lord, who by Thy perfect offering
Lamentation I (arr. A. L'Estrange): Lamentation I [Song 24] (arr. A. L'Estrange)
The Lamentation of David (arr. A. L'Estrange): The Lamentation of David [Song 5] (arr. A. L'Estrange)
As now the sun's declining rays
Amen
The First Song of Moses (arr. A. Pitts): The First Song of Moses [Song 1] (arr. A. Pitts)
Lord, who by Thy resurrection
The Song of Hannah (arr. A. Pitts): The Song of Hannah [Song 4] (arr. A. Pitts)
The Song of Deborah (arr. A. Pitts): The Song of Deborah [Song 3] (arr. A. Pitts)
O Lord Most High
Amen
Veni Creator (arr. A. Pitts): Veni Creator [Song 44] (arr. A. Pitts)
St. Matthias (arr. A. Pitts): St Matthias [Song 67] (arr. A. Pitts)
Veni Creator (arr. A. Pitts): Veni Creator [Song 44] (arr. A. Pitts)
We are of Thee (arr. A. Pitts): We are of Thee [Song 1] (arr. A. Pitts)
Hark, my soul!
Amen
Come unto Me
The Second Song of Isaiah (arr. A. Pitts): The Second Song of Isaiah [Song 20] (arr. A. Pitts)
The Prayer of Habakuk (arr. A. Pitts): The Prayer of Habakuk [Song 31] (arr. A. Pitts)
Interlude (arr. A. Pitts): Interlude [Song 13] (excerpt) (arr. A. Pitts)
The Song of the Three Children (arr. A. L'Estrange): The Song of the Three Children [Song 41] (arr. A. L'Estrange)
Amen
Miserere Domine
The Prayer of Hezekiah (arr. A. Pitts): The Prayer of Hezekiah [Song 22] (arr. A. Pitts)
Amen

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