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Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656): Anthems & Canticles / Laurence Dreyfus, Oxford Choir of Magdalen College; Phantasm

Album Summary

>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia no 18
>Tomkins, Thomas : Sing unto God
>Tomkins, Thomas : A Fantasy, for viol consort
>Tomkins, Thomas : Thou art my King, O God, verse anthem for 5 viols & 5 voices
>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia for 3 viols no 14
>Tomkins, Thomas : Above the stars my saviour dwells
>Tomkins, Thomas : A Substantial Verse, for keyboard
>Tomkins, Thomas : Pavane for 5 instruments in F
>Tomkins, Thomas : Fifth Service
>Tomkins, Thomas : Almain in F major, for 4 viols
>Tomkins, Thomas : Pavan for 5 viols no 7 in F major
>Tomkins, Thomas : O Lord, let me know mine end, verse anthem
>Tomkins, Thomas : Voluntary for Mr. Archdeacon Thornburgh, for keyboard
>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia for 3 viols no 17
>Tomkins, Thomas : Pavane and galliard, Earl Strafford, for harpsichord
>Tomkins, Thomas : Rejoice, rejoice, sing and rejoice
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Former Magdalen College viol consort-in-residence Phantasm joins the world-renowned Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford to showcase the magnificence of Thomas Tomkins' compositions. Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) was one of the most influential choral composers of his day, and was a figurehead of the English Madrigal School. A variety of Tomkins' works are featured on this release, including his five verse anthems, which have become known as jewels in his choral output.

Music Week, October 2016
A useful addition to the discography - the choir makes a beautiful sound.

The Guardian, 27th July 2016
They play [the Ravel and the Kodly] with such energy, engagement and virtuoso precision that there's never any hint of overfamiliarity; in both works, every detail of the extremely demanding string writing is carefully etched, and captured with tingling immediacy in the recording.

Sunday Times, 31th July 2016
They share an easy rapport, they revel in the gypsy influences that pervade, especially, Kodaly's work...This is gritty music played with a probing intensity and a spectrum of colour, the players equal to all the challenges the composers throw at them.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
There's plenty to enjoy here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015).



Reviews

Earthy authenticity
Daniel Hyde and the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, along with the early music ensemble Phantasm, present an interesting program of music by Thomas Tomkins.

Five anthems for choir and viols (as opposed to just an organ) are the showpieces here, and rightly so. Tomkins' use of the consort is more imaginative than just simply mimicking keyboard accompaniment.

Tomkins adds and subtracts instruments to subtly shade the ensemble sound as it sometimes supports and sometimes plays in opposition to the choir. Also included are various consort works, showing Tomkins' consummate skill at instrumental composition.

The Choir of Magdalen College sings in a straightforward fashion. The soloists have a rough quality to their delivery, which sounds completely authentic to me. Phantasm plays with precision and authority. Viols tend to have a wispy sound (compared to modern stringed instruments), but there's nothing anemic about Phantasm.

That solid instrumental work coupled with the not-quite-polished sound of the choir really brings these works to life. These gritty performances have a beauty all their own. And that earthy beauty I found thoroughly appealing.
Submitted on 09/30/16 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia no 18
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Sing unto God
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : A Fantasy, for viol consort
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 09/09/1646

>Tomkins, Thomas : Thou art my King, O God, verse anthem for 5 viols & 5 voices
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia for 3 viols no 14
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Above the stars my saviour dwells
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : A Substantial Verse, for keyboard
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Pavane for 5 instruments in F
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Fifth Service
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Almain in F major, for 4 viols
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Fifth Service
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Pavan for 5 viols no 7 in F major
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : O Lord, let me know mine end, verse anthem
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tomkins, Thomas : Voluntary for Mr. Archdeacon Thornburgh, for keyboard
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Fantasia for 3 viols no 17
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Pavane and galliard, Earl Strafford, for harpsichord
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Rejoice, rejoice, sing and rejoice
  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (03/30/2015-04/01/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance