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Thomas Weelkes: Grant the King a long life - English Anthems & Instrumental Music

> Hosanna to the Son of David - Hosanna to the Son of David
> Pavan, "Mr. Weelkes his Lacrimae" - Pavan, "Mr. Weelkes his Lacrimae"
> What joy so true - What joy so true
> All people clap your hands - All people clap your hands
> Voluntary [1] - Voluntary [1]
> Lord, to thee I make my moan - Lord, to thee I make my moan
> When David heard - When David heard
> Gloria in excelsis Deo - Gloria in excelsis deo
> Pavan, "Mr. Weelkes his 3 Pavin" - Pavan, "Mr. Weelkes his 3 Pavin"
> Give ear, O Lord - Give ear, O Lord
> Most mighty and all-knowing Lord - Most mighty and all-knowing Lord
> O how amiable - O how amiable
> Voluntary [2] - Voluntary [2]
> Alleluia, I heard a voice - Alleluia, I heard a voice
> O mortal man - O mortal man
> Pavan [5] - Pavan [5]
> Give the king thy judgements - Give the king thy judgements
> Fantasia for 2 Basses - Fantasia for 2 Basses
> If King Manasses - If King Manasses
> O Lord, grant the king a long life - O Lord, grant the king a long life

Album Summary

>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Weelkes, Thomas : Pavane no 1 for 5 viols
>Weelkes, Thomas : What joy so true, anthem for 5 voices & organ
>Weelkes, Thomas : All people clap your hands, for 5 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : Voluntaries (2) for keyboard
>Weelkes, Thomas : Lord, to thee I make my moan, anthem for 5 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
>Weelkes, Thomas : Gloria in excelsis Deo
>Weelkes, Thomas : Pavane [No. 3] for 5 viols (incomplete)
>Weelkes, Thomas : Give ear, O Lord, anthem for 5 voices & organ
>Weelkes, Thomas : Most mighty and all-knowing Lord
>Weelkes, Thomas : O how amiable, anthem for 5 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : Alleluia, I heard a voice
>Weelkes, Thomas : O mortal man, anthem for 5 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : Pavane no 2 for 5 viols
>Weelkes, Thomas : Give the king thy judgements
>Weelkes, Thomas : Fantasia, for 2 basses
>Weelkes, Thomas : If King Manasses, anthem for 6 voices & organ
>Weelkes, Thomas : O Lord, grant the king a long life, anthem for 7 voices
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Thomas Weelkes was a notorious drunkard and blasphemer, in regular conflict with the authorities of Chichester Cathedral where he was organist, Informator Choristarum, and a singing-man from 1602 until his death in 1623. At least that is his modern reputation. But regardless of the man's personal flaws, his music firmly stands as sublime. He was the most notable composer of madrigals in his day, and one of the most prolific composers of church music. Featured here is a selection of his finest full and verse anthems as well as instrumental music for organ, viols, and solo voice, including a number of anthems in praise of King James I of England.

Gramophone Magazine
The exquisite playing of Fretwork, especially in the three Pavans, is of such quality that it alone is well worth the price of the disc. And, given their own moment in the limelight in two of Weelkes's voluntaries, the two organists emerge as deeply sympathetic to this delightful music.

International Record Review
For the organ-accompanied verse anthems the soloists have been drawn from the choir...while in anthems such as 'What joy so true' the women affect the usual choirboyish quality though without the dangerously fragile intonation that usually accompanies such a strategy; the result is, well, affecting...Fretwork's highly musical phrasing complemented by dusky timbres and sharply delineated textures return to delight both ear and brain.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge is a mixed ensemble with straighttoned sopranos and female altos. It is typical of many fine English mixed choirs of young adult singers active today. It is a sound that is very good for the clear and refined presentation of music of Weelkes's time. Still, it is not the sound the composer would have expected. It is for individual listeners to determine the importance of the authentic English cathedral sound of men and boys for the convincing presentation of this repertory. That sound at its best is available on a reissued Weelkes recording by Winchester Cathedral Choir under David Hill (Helios 55259; May/June 2008). On its first appearance (Hyperion 66477; March/April 1993), John Barker gave it a brief review and mentioned as a worthy companion the 1988 recording of Weelkes services and anthems sung by the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, under Stephen Darlington (Nimbus 5125). On the present recording David Skinner directs performances that are eloquently expressive yet somewhat understated. The consort pavans and fantasy as well as the accompaniments of the consort songs are performed by Fretwork, one of the outstanding ensembles of its kind.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011).



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>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Pavane no 1 for 5 viols
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : What joy so true, anthem for 5 voices & organ
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : All people clap your hands, for 5 voices
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Voluntaries (2) for keyboard :: no 1
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Lord, to thee I make my moan, anthem for 5 voices
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Weelkes, Thomas : Gloria in excelsis Deo
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Pavane [No. 3] for 5 viols (incomplete)
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Give ear, O Lord, anthem for 5 voices & organ
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Most mighty and all-knowing Lord
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : O how amiable, anthem for 5 voices
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Voluntaries (2) for keyboard :: no 2
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Alleluia, I heard a voice
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : O mortal man, anthem for 5 voices
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Pavane no 2 for 5 viols
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Give the king thy judgements
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Fantasia, for 2 basses
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : If King Manasses, anthem for 6 voices & organ
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : O Lord, grant the king a long life, anthem for 7 voices
  • Performers: Daniel Smith (Organ); Benjamin Atkinson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance