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Orlando Gibbons: Hymns and Songs of the Church

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The vocal group Tonus Peregrinus, led by Antony Pitts, has maintained an amazingly consistent average of quality through five releases for Naxos. Orlando Gibbons: Hymns and Songs of the Church appears to be its first "miss," and it doesn't do so on the basis of the singing and performances -- these are still great -- so much as what's inside the case doesn't really represent the name above the title. Gibbons compiled the first musical publication for use in English churches, "Hymnes and Songs of the Church," in 1623, the same year the "first folio" of Shakespeare appeared. It is a very simple publication, consisting of 42 hymn melodies set to ground basses and nothing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The vocal group Tonus Peregrinus, led by Antony Pitts, has maintained an amazingly consistent average of quality through five releases for Naxos. Orlando Gibbons: Hymns and Songs of the Church appears to be its first "miss," and it doesn't do so on the basis of the singing and performances -- these are still great -- so much as what's inside the case doesn't really represent the name above the title. Gibbons compiled the first musical publication for use in English churches, "Hymnes and Songs of the Church," in 1623, the same year the "first folio" of Shakespeare appeared. It is a very simple publication, consisting of 42 hymn melodies set to ground basses and nothing more. One can imagine that this would be a great jumping off point for an ensemble that values creativity in equal measure with historical accuracy, and Pitts and countertenor Alexander L'Estrange do make the most of Gibbons' limited requirements with realizations that go way beyond the standard interpretations of these pieces, indeed, if such a standard exists at all. However, it's simply too much. The arrangements, while gorgeously beautiful to listen to and emotionally moving to experience, are far too postmodern in style to truly represent what Gibbons was getting at in his "Hymnes and Songs of the Church." Had Tonus Peregrinus stated that the work here was "inspired by" the rather plain source material, then potential buyers of the album would have some sense of what is to be found therein. Alas, it is credited to Orlando Gibbons alone, whereas the harmonically exploratory arrangements of Pitts and L'Estrange are clearly couched in the language of our time, rather than Gibbons', in spite of how experimental-sounding some of Gibbons' own authentic sacred choral music may be at times. It is reminiscent of a comment once made by a theatergoer describing a hipped-up, 1980s-era production of Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer; "it was like some people were trying to be cool with an old play." For the listener unconcerned with the requirements of repertoire and interested in imaginatively scored choral music, there are some things on "Hymnes and Songs of the Church" that are so meltingly beautiful that it will take your breath away, and you will not want to avoid this disc. Nonetheless, for those looking for a recording of the Gibbons work specifically, this will not fit the bill, as it goes too far outside the boundaries of Gibbons to truly represent him as he stands, at least in this basic and functionally intended repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313268122
  • Catalog Number: 8557681
  • Sales rank: 253,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): Prelude (Song 1) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (0:44)
  2. 2 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): A Song of Joy / Christmas Day (Songs 47 & 46) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (3:33)
  3. 3 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Song of Angels (Song 34) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (0:45)
  4. 4 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): Interlude (Song 13) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (0:22)
  5. 5 Thine for ever!, for choir - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (1:29)
  6. 6 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:22)
  7. 7 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The First Canticle (Song 9) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:18)
  8. 8 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Fifth Canticle (Song 17) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:47)
  9. 9 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Sixth Canticle (Song 14) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (4:11)
  10. 10 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Tenth Canticle (Song 18) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (1:29)
  11. 11 Thy way, not mine, for choir - John Michael Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (2:01)
  12. 12 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:23)
  13. 13 There is a green hill far away, for choir - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (3:45)
  14. 14 There is a green hill far away, for choir: Interlude - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:51)
  15. 15 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): Take my life (Song 13) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (3:54)
  16. 16 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:24)
  17. 17 Lord, who by They perfect offering, for choir - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (1:02)
  18. 18 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): Lamentation I (Song 24) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (4:41)
  19. 19 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Lamentation of David (Song 5) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:33)
  20. 20 As now the sun's declining rays, for choir - Alexander L'Estrange & Tonus Peregrinus (1:33)
  21. 21 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:30)
  22. 22 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The First Song of Moses (Song 1) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:02)
  23. 23 Lord, who by Thy Resurrection, for choir - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (1:06)
  24. 24 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Song of Hannah (Song 4) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:12)
  25. 25 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Song of Deborah (Song 3) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:20)
  26. 26 O Lord Most High, for choir - Richard James Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (2:39)
  27. 27 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:23)
  28. 28 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): Veni Creator (Song 44) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:24)
  29. 29 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): St. Matthias (Song 67) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (0:56)
  30. 30 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): Veni Creator (Song 44) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (1:07)
  31. 31 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): We are of Thee (Song 1) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (1:39)
  32. 32 Hark, my soul!, for choir - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (2:06)
  33. 33 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:22)
  34. 34 Come unto Me, for choir - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (2:27)
  35. 35 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Second Song of Isaiah (Song 20) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (0:44)
  36. 36 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Prayer of Habakuk (Song 31) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (2:11)
  37. 37 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): Interlude (Song 13) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (1:07)
  38. 38 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Song of the Three Children (Song 41) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (1:56)
  39. 39 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:22)
  40. 40 Meserere Domine, for choir - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (1:50)
  41. 41 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (17 tunes by Gibbons): The Prayer of Hezekiah (Song 22) - Orlando Gibbons & Tonus Peregrinus (1:22)
  42. 42 Amen in 7 variations, for chorus - Antony Pitts & Tonus Peregrinus (0:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tonus Peregrinus Primary Artist
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