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In Chains of Gold / Fretwork, His Magesty's Sagbutts & Cornetts, Magdalena Consort


Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 511  
Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  FretworkMagdalena ConsortHis Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leading performers of 17th-century music Fretwork, His Majestys 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 colorful Read more 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Behold, thou hast made my days by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
2.
We praise Thee, O Father by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
3.
In Nomine ŕ 5 no 1 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
4.
This is the record of John by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
5.
Great King of Gods by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
6.
Do not repine, fair sun I by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7.
Do not repine, fair sun II by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
In Nomine ŕ 5 no 2 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
9.
Glorious and powerful God by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
10.
Blessed are all they that fear the Lord by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
11.
O all true faithful hearts by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
12.
Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
13.
In Nomine ŕ 5 no 3 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
14.
See, see, the word is incarnate by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1616; England 
15.
Lord, grant grace by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Peter Harvey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts,  Magdalena Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 

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