"In Chains of Gold", The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem, Volume 1: Orlando Gibbons, Complete Consort Anthems
Fretwork | Magdalena Consort | His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Signum Records; ASIN: B075H8M6JB
Orlando Gibbons' consort anthems have been recorded for the first time in their entirety, accompanied by Fretwork with the early brass ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and sung by Magdalena Consort of voices: Julia Doyle, Catherine King, Eleanor Minney, Charles Daniels, Jeremy Budd, Samuel Boden, Nicholas Todd, Greg Skidmore, Simon Gallear, Will Gaunt and its director Peter Harvey. Famous pieces such as This is the record of John and Behold, thou hast made my days have for many a particular resonance due to their association with Evensong in Oxbridge chapels and cathedral naves, and the suave sonority for which their choirs are internationally renowned. But in this project we have taken a radical approach, following the instruction of contemporary writers such as Morley and Caccini to place the communication of text at the forefront, and seeking to rediscover the dramatic essence of the verse anthem, that made it arguably the most effective musical creation of the English Reformation.