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Gentlemen Of The Chapel Royal / Peter Dijkstra, The Gents


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 6013   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert ParsonsThomas WeelkesWilliam ByrdWilliam Cornysh,   ... 
Performer:  Benjamin BakkerSiebe HenstraNiec Van der MeulenRobert Kuizenga
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The GentsDiapente Viol Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Dutch have elevated Anglophilia to an art form, so the only surprise here is hearing such familiar music sung by noticeably un-English (though impeccably well-behaved) voices. A traversal of Elizabethan choral hits, the programme presses most of the buttons one would expect. There are one or two less familiar items (most notably the Ferrabosco sets of Lamentations), but essentially this is well-trodden ground, from Parsons's Ave Maria (a choral favourite, and the nearest 16th-century polyphony gets to saccharine) to Tall is's cerebral, serene lviiserere nostri.

The one criticism one might have of the programme is its overwhelmingly serious tone. One misses Byrd in his exuberant moods, or Weelkes or even Gibbons, for that
Read more matter; all three were capable of sending congregations skipping home, so it seems a shame that the jollier side of the repertory goes mostly unrepresented. (There are also one or two odd choices, notably Cornysh's Ave Maria, here sung far too fast for comfort.)

Characteristic of the Dutch or Flemish sound is a depth, richness and a full-throated (or better, perhaps, full-chested) sonority, and there is genuine interest in heating familiar music clothed in foreign garb, particularly since English choral music is so rarely explored by foreign ensembles. These are clean, disciplined performances, but characterised by a certain diffidence, almost as though the singers were conscious of stepping onto someone else's patch. As a result, the shaping of things is at times somewhat tentative: the ensemble sound is pleasing, but the middle of the texture lacks definition; one has little sense of individual lines having a life of their own. Even the extremes are occasionally hesitant, from the countertenors' tone and attack to the basses' lowest notes, always clearly present but never quite 'kicking in'.

The Gents are, nevertheless, a choir to watch - intonation and ensemble are in general very fine, and their performances not without charm - ably seconded by instrumentalists of no mean stature themselves.

-- Fabrice Fitch, Gramophone [4/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Maria by Robert Parsons
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1560s; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Lord, to thee I make my moan by Thomas Weelkes
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 2 - Ave verum corpus by William Byrd
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1605; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Deliver us, O Lord by Thomas Weelkes
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Ave Maria, mater Dei by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Christe qui lux es by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is performed twice on this CD. 
7.
Pavan "Paradizo" by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diapente Viol Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
The Sighes by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diapente Viol Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9.
Almain "The Honiesuckle" by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diapente Viol Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Eliza, her name gives honour by John Bennet
Performer:  Benjamin Bakker (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diapente Viol Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae I, C 65 by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
In depth no man remembreth Thee by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Remember me, O Lord by Thomas Tomkins
Performer:  Siebe Henstra (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae II, C 66 by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Eliza is the fairest queen by Edward Johnson
Performer:  Niec Van der Meulen (Countertenor), Robert Kuizenga (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diapente Viol Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1591; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
My Ladye Nevalls Booke: A Fancie on C by William Byrd
Performer:  Siebe Henstra (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
17.
Credo quod Redemptor, D 69 by Robert Parsons
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18.
Salvator mundi by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19.
Miserere nostri by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Old Catholic Church, The Hague, Holland 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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