, January 2009
This makes the perfect supplement to the excellent Naxos issue of Gibbons’s church music, with 22 items that cover a wide range of songs as well as instrumental music. The players of the Rose Consort, with agreeably tangy string-tone, contribute most of the instrumental pieces, culminating in two magnificent Fantazias in six parts: No. 3 with ear-catching writing, pointing forward to later centuries.
Timothy Roberts is the soloist in keyboard music on harpsichord, virginals and organ, while the soprano, Tessa Bonner, is the bright-toned soloist in a sequence of songs with consort accompaniment. Also standing out are two fine anthems, one written for the funeral of a Dean of Windsor, with Red Byrd accompanied by the consort, five voices and five instruments.