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Christopher Gibbons: Motets, Anthems, Fantasias & Voluntaries / Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM, Richard Egarr

Audio Samples

>Gibbons, Christopher : Not unto us, O Lord, anthem for double chorus & organ
>Gibbons, Christopher : Voluntary for organ in C major
>Gibbons, Christopher : Above the Stars My Saviour Dwells, anthem for chorus
>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasy-Suite, for 2 violins, viol & organ in D minor
>Gibbons, Christopher : Ah, my Soul, why so dismayed, motet for 3 voices
>Gibbons, Christopher : O bone Jesu, motet for 4 voices
>Gibbons, Christopher : Voluntary for double organ in A minor
>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasia, for 2 violins, viol & organ
>Gibbons, Christopher : The Lord said unto my Lord, anthem for chorus
>Gibbons, Christopher : Verse for double organ in D minor
>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasy-Suite, for 2 violins, viol & organ in F major

Album Summary

>Gibbons, Christopher : Not unto us, O Lord, anthem for double chorus & organ
>Gibbons, Christopher : Voluntary for organ in C major
>Gibbons, Christopher : Above the Stars My Saviour Dwells, anthem for chorus
>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasy-Suite, for 2 violins, viol & organ in D minor
>Gibbons, Christopher : Ah, my Soul, why so dismayed, motet for 3 voices
>Gibbons, Christopher : O bone Jesu, motet for 4 voices
>Gibbons, Christopher : Voluntary for double organ in A minor
>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasia, for 2 violins, viol & organ
>Gibbons, Christopher : The Lord said unto my Lord, anthem for chorus
>Gibbons, Christopher : Verse for double organ in D minor
>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasy-Suite, for 2 violins, viol & organ in F major
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Notes & Reviews:

Born into an English musical family, organist & composer Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676) probably received early training from his famous father Orlando Gibbons. The young Gibbons sang in the choir of the Chapel Royal and went on to a distinguished career at Westminster Abbey and in the court of Charles II. With this showcase program of motets, anthems, fantasias for strings and organ voluntaries (all of which are receiving their first recordings), Richard Egarr, leading the Academy of Ancient Music and its choir, aims to rescue this fascinating composer from unjust obscurity.

Financial Times
We owe Egarr our thanks for this sampler - a selection of gently expressive choral anthems, organ works and instrumental fantasias that establish him as a far-from negligible precursor of Blow and Purcell.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Gibbons's music makes a stunning first impression. It remains to be seen how well it will stand up to repeated hearings. Not all critics have been as enthusiastic as Egarr. Christopher Field, writing in New Grove describes his style as "vigorous but cruder and less eloquent than Locke's", and he cites Roger North (1651- 1734) who declared Gibbons's music to be "bold, solid, and strong, but desultory and not without a little of the barbaresque". Egarr demonstrates with his performances that this music is worthy of hearing and serious consideration. This recording is a must-have for any listener with even the slightest interest in this fascinating period of English music.

The Times, 28th July 2012
This Academy of Ancient Music selection...is a personal crusade by Richard Egarr and shows what we've been missing: harmonic twists and word-painting almost as daring as Gesualdo's; lilting refrains that suggest Monteverdi; quicksilver mood changes...the string music is deftly and expressively played.

The Independent on Sunday, 15th July 2012
AAM's vocal consort is distinctly hoary but the instrumental playing - of two Fantasy-suites for violins, bass viol and organ, and a flamboyant selection of Organ Voluntaries - is divine.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
Perhaps the most distinctive of all is the keyboard music...And it's here also that Egarr's musicianship is at its most compelling...the choir and vocalists give the impression of being a pick-up ensemble that hasn't quite gelled...Don't let that put you off, however: the monographic approach tends to expose composers of lesser substance but Gibbons junior passes the test admirably.

International Record Review, September 2012
Egarr has put together a rather charming musical portrait of Gibbons junior...with Frescobaldian flair, Egarr makes the most of the four substantial pieces he plays here...A chip off the old block, certainly, and no mere splinter either. A real discovery and an exceptionally rewarding recording.

The Guardian, 26th July 2012
The instrumental pieces are wonderfully imaginative, but it's the choral works that stand out with their startling modulations and expressively charged vocal lines.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (11/2010).



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Works Details

>Gibbons, Christopher : Not unto us, O Lord, anthem for double chorus & organ
  • Performer: Alastair Ross (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Gibbons, Christopher : Voluntary for organ in C major
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gibbons, Christopher : Above the Stars My Saviour Dwells, anthem for chorus
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Organ); Philippa Hyde (Soprano); Charmian Bedford
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasy-Suite, for 2 violins, viol & organ in D minor
  • Performers: Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gibbons, Christopher : Ah, my Soul, why so dismayed, motet for 3 voices
  • Performers: Richard Latham; Alastair Ross (Organ); Philippa Hyde (Soprano); Charmian Bedford
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Gibbons, Christopher : Voluntary for organ in C major
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gibbons, Christopher : O bone Jesu, motet for 4 voices
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Organ); Richard Latham; Charmian Bedford
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Gibbons, Christopher : Voluntary for double organ in A minor
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasia, for 2 violins, viol & organ
  • Performers: Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gibbons, Christopher : The Lord said unto my Lord, anthem for chorus
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Organ); Philippa Hyde (Soprano); Charmian Bedford
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Gibbons, Christopher : Verse for double organ in D minor
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gibbons, Christopher : Fantasy-Suite, for 2 violins, viol & organ in F major
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Organ); Rodolfo Richter (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque