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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Using his small professional choir, 12 singers at most, and often fewer, Jeremy Summerly directs fresh, finely focused readings of an outstanding collection of Gibbons’s anthems. This may not have so much of the ecclesiastical aura of a traditional cathedral performance with boys’ voices, but it amply makes up in clarity and incisiveness for any lack of weight and warmth. That is particularly so in the six magnificent unaccompanied full anthems which are included, where the astonishing harmonic clashes and progressions in the counterpoint come out with wonderful impact, generally with just a single voice per part.

In addition, there are three fine verse anthems, drawing on the full complement of singers, with organ accompaniment, plus Gibbons’s two evening services, the short one much simpler than the second one. Three organ pieces are also included, though Laurence Cummings’s account of the extended Fantazia in four parts is not as varied as it might be. Fine, clear, atmospheric sound.



BBC Radio 3, September 1996

"This is an excellent disc, all of Gibbons and is highly recommendable for those who like their Anglican church music well mannered and manicured."



Classic CD, September 1996

"The choir impresses with some beautifully controlled but expressive singing under Jeremy Summerly's direction and Laurence Cummings is the sensitive organist in three of Gibbons's organ works. Excellent sound..."




Gramophone, August 1996

"...a welcome addition to the programme. At a budget price, this CD is worth every penny."



Early Music Review, May 1996

"A blue-chip investment. The modest cost is more than repaid by the first track... As so often with Oxford Camerata discs it is the impression of spontaneity that is so striking"



Fanfare

"Summerly's group has displayed its prowess in a range of early choral music, so the level of execution here is no surprise"






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