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I Heard a Voice - The Music of the Golden Age

Album Summary

>Weelkes, Thomas : Alleluia, I heard a voice
>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
>Weelkes, Thomas : Most mighty and all-knowing Lord
>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Weelkes, Thomas : In nomine no 1 à 4
>Gibbons, Orlando : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not
>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
>Gibbons, Orlando : O clap your hands
>Gibbons, Orlando : In Nomine à 4
>Tomkins, Thomas : O Praise the Lord All Ye Heathen
>Tomkins, Thomas : When David heard
>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia a 6
>Tomkins, Thomas : Rejoice, rejoice, sing and rejoice
>Tomkins, Thomas : O Sing Unto the Lord A New Song, for 7 voices & organ
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc features a selection of gorgeous anthems from the Tudor times from some of the period's most prestigious composers. The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is joined here by Fretwork, a group formed in 1986 and widely considered to be one of the finest groups performing music for viol consort.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
[Fretwork's] presence is the real strength of this disc. Viol playing had been part of musical education since Henry VIII had engaged a viol consort in 1540, and the choristers at Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral would have all received lessons. So, this disc gives us a far better idea of the sound world of these three composers than is often offered on choral anthem collections.

Gramophone Magazine
The instrumental pieces... are expertly played by the viol consort Fretwork, which also accompanies the verse anthems. The famous choir sings with full-bodied tone and unfailing precision.

The Times
I would happily sit in King's College Chapel listening to this choir sing for the rest of my days.

BBC Music Magazine
Fatigue seems to haunt this worthy performance. Stephen Cleobury's deliberate tempos tend to dissolve the impact of the text... - and impede any build-up towards cadential climaxes. Fretwork plays elegantly, but response to the text only listlessly.



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Works Details

>Weelkes, Thomas : Alleluia, I heard a voice
  • Performer: Oliver Brett (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Weelkes, Thomas : Most mighty and all-knowing Lord
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
  • Performer: Oliver Brett (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : In nomine no 1 à 4
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : Hosanna to the Son of David
  • Performer: Oliver Brett (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
  • Performer: John McMunn (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1611

>Gibbons, Orlando : O clap your hands
  • Performer: Oliver Brett (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Gibbons, Orlando : In Nomine à 4
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : O Praise the Lord All Ye Heathen
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tomkins, Thomas : When David heard
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1622

>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia a 6
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Rejoice, rejoice, sing and rejoice
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : O Sing Unto the Lord A New Song, for 7 voices & organ
  • Performer: Oliver Brett (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2007-04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance