Not surprisingly, Jeremy Summerly and his Oxford Camerata give us outstanding collection of Tomkins’s sacred vocal music, very well laid out. Among the highlights are the beautiful Funeral Sentences, and the following glorious Above the stars my Saviour dwells, the group which begins with When David heard that Absolon was slain and ends with the serene Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom and the glowing O sing unto the Lord a new Song. Laurence Cummings adds A Sad Pavan for these distracted times to this melancholy sequence, but elsewhere he plays a cheerful Pavan and Galliard as another interlude. The choir (with fine soloist) are vividly recorded, with the acoustic resonance of Hertford College Chapel well controlled so that words are clear. An outstanding disc in every way.
"A disc to lose oneself in: melancholic, profoundly moving, Tomkins reflecting 'these distracted times' through which he lived. Beautifully focused choral voices, alluring 'verse' soloists and unpretentious organ playing are recorded spaciously enough to impart a warm, quintessentially English cathedral sound. Glorious."