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Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, March 2018

Orlando Gibbons could just as easily occupy the top spot for his highly affecting and heartfelt ‘Behold, thou hast made my days’ as for the more rousing protestation of faith ‘Glorious and powerful God’, in which bass and tenor soloists launch a twisting journey full of momentum that carries with it all the drama, majesty and sincerity of its anonymous poetic text drawn from the New Testament. The piece was almost certainly written for a private chapel and so, as here, accompanied by viols. As in the example by Tomkins heard earlier, Red Byrd’s revelling in every note and syllable is revelatory. © 2018 Gramophone



Sinfini Music, August 2014

One of a series of largely forgotten recordings made in the early 1990s in which the vocal ensemble Red Byrd sang one-to-a-part and with thick ‘Tudor’ dialects to extraordinarily communicative effect. © 2014 Sinfini Music




Penguin Guide, 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.



BBC Music Magazine, November 1996

"The whole assortment makes an ideal introduction to one of England's finest composers...."



BBC Radio 3, September 1996

"...if I had to have only one disc, I wouldn't hesitate to take the Naxos collection of Consort and Keyboard Music, Songs and Anthems."



Gramophone

"Beautifully performed and finely recorded, this selection of Gibbon's music is especially attractive on account of the variety of its programme."





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