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Verse Anthems - From Bull To Boyce / Barbieri, Consortium


Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Deux-elles   Catalog #: 853   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John BullThomas WeelkesThomas TomkinsMatthew Locke,   ... 
Performer:  Gareth Price
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From humble beginnings in the 1580s, the verse anthem (scored predominantly for solo voices with organ accompaniment) quickly became established as the pre-eminent genre in 17th century English church music. The use of solo voices in a liturgical context was not new: solo groupings had been used to great effect in the Eton choirbook (compiled c.1490-1504); and solo/chorus alternation was a central principal in the medieval antiphon. The organ had also been employed before: during the 16th century it provided discreet accompaniment and support for even the most complex vocal polyphony. The radical innovation lay in the freedom of the instrumental parts to operate independently of the singers, giving composers a vast array of new textures. Read more Thus, it provided a showcase for the talents of composers, organists and singers alike; and its development encapsulates the major advances in musical technique which saw Baroque styles of composition supplant the older Renaissance polyphony. The verse anthems roots lie in the 16th century consort song - a secular piece scored for solo voice (usually a treble) and four-part viol consort. In later examples the final lines of the text were often repeated, sung by all five performers. This pattern of a solo section followed by an affirmatory chorus became a standard feature of the verse anthem. When transferred into a liturgical context the chorus might consist of up to 30 singers, while an organ would replace the viol consort. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Almighty God, who by the leading "Starre Anthem" by John Bull
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
2. Give ear, O Lord by Thomas Weelkes
Performer:  Gareth Price (Organ)
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3. Glory be to God on high by Thomas Tomkins
Performer:  Gareth Price (Organ)
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4. Lord, let me know mine end by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Gareth Price (Organ)
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
5. This is the record of John by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Gareth Price (Organ)
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
6. Hear, O heav'ns by Pelham Humphrey
Performer:  Gareth Price (Organ)
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
7. Behold how good and joyful by William Child
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
8. Prepare ye the way of the Lord by Michael Wise
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
9. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, Z 9 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gareth Price (Organ)
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1688; England 
10. Lord, let me know mine end by Maurice Greene
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; England 
11. O where shall wisdom be found? by William Boyce
Conductor:  Edward Barbieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1769; England 

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