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Gibbons: Cries And Fancies / Fretwork, Nicholson


Release Date: 08/20/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 59191   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  FretworkRed Byrd
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the best English tradition virtuosity is made to serve music.

From the canon of Gibbons fantasias, Fretwork have chosen a medley of pieces for two parts to six. The standards they set in earlier recordings prevail again here: affection and respect for the music, a mixture of delicacy and robustness in the viol tone, variety of phrasing and illuminating voicing of textures—all are present in these performances. In the best English tradition virtuosity is made to serve music.

The inclusion of a two-part fantasy illustrates by its very transparency their command of both the architecture and the detail of Gibbons's writing, which is representative of the ensemble's approach to all the music they play. Also
Read more on display in this short performance is the extraordinary rapport between the players. To the three-part fantasias a galliard is added in which the double bass viol is employed to resonant effect by William Hunt, who contributes significantly to the meditative quality of the four-part In Nomine that concludes the disc. Elsewhere the organ, played by Paul Nicholson, enriches the string textures by doubling the bottom part (the inclusion of two organ solos by the Chapel Royal organist helps round out the CD). But my favourite selections are the richly sonorous five-part In Nomine, with its wonderful pulsing climax, and the six-part fantasias, with their elaborate textures, harmony and rhythm; the serenity of the upper parts in Go from my window provided a perfect foil for the virtuoso bass viol parts, played by Richard Boothby and William Hunt.

It has often been observed that consort music is much more fun for players than for listeners, and that for those in the latter category it will serve more often than not as a delightful background to other civilized pursuits. But by joining forces with the singers of Red Byrd, Fretwork have ensured the listener's attention in two tracks of London Cries (80 altogether): singing along with the consort in a fantasia texture, the five singers compete for attention, using a seemingly endless supply of voices and accents—compare for example the patina of French elegance in the voice offering perfumed waistcoats with the world-weary tone of she who resorts to images of ''poor naked bedlam'' to sell her wares or the uncomfortably menacing tone of the pest exterminator. If only shopping in London were that much fun today!

- GRAMOPHONE (3/1990)
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Works on This Recording

1. Fantasias (6) à 2: no 5 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
2. Fantasias (9) à 3: no 1 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1620; England 
3. Fantasias (9) à 3: no 3 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1620; England 
4. Fantasias (9) à 3: no 4 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1620; England 
5. Fantasias (9) à 3: no 8 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1620; England 
6. Fantasias (9) à 3: no 9 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1620; England 
7. Fantasias (2) à 4 "for the great double bass": no 1 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
8. Fantasias (4) à 6: no 1 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
9. Fantasias (4) à 6: no 2 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
10. Fantasias (4) à 6: no 3 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
11. Galliard à 3 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
12. In Nomine à 4 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
13. In Nomine à 5 no 2 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
14. Go from my window by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
15. Prelude for Organ by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
16. Cryes of London by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Red Byrd
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 

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