Thomas Weelkes: Grant the King a long life

Thomas Weelkes: Grant the King a long life

by Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge
     
 
British composer Thomas Weelkes, who suffered the ignominy of being dismissed from his church job after his employers complained that he would "very often come ... either from the tavern or the alehouse into the choir," is best known for madrigals like "Sing wee at pleasure." But he composed music in most of the genres of his time, and

Overview

British composer Thomas Weelkes, who suffered the ignominy of being dismissed from his church job after his employers complained that he would "very often come ... either from the tavern or the alehouse into the choir," is best known for madrigals like "Sing wee at pleasure." But he composed music in most of the genres of his time, and this fine release gives a sample of his anthems and his neglected instrumental music. Conductor David Skinner moves over from his small vocal-instrumental group Alamire to lead the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and the instrumental ensemble Fretwork. The choir, with adult (but young) female sopranos and altos, is not well known, but the sounds Skinner gets out of them are gorgeous. He likes to set shimmering vibrato lines from the comparatively small tenor section against clean lines from the women, and the sheer musicality of the result is often striking. Sample the subtle handling of the unexpected plagal cadence at the end of the anthem "When David heard" (track 7) for a taste. The instrumental pieces are divided between keyboard works and small ensemble pavans (and a few works in other genres), and Skinner and Fretwork make these cohere with the choral pieces even though they don't come from the same kind of setting. Highly recommended for those trying to broaden their English Renaissance collections beyond the ubiquitous madrigals.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
Label:
Obsidian
UPC:
0658592070828
catalogNumber:
708
Rank:
134508

Tracks

  1. O Lord, grant the king a long life, anthem for 7 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  2. If King Manasses, anthem for 6 voices & organ  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  3. Fantasia, for 2 basses  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  4. Give the king thy judgements, anthem for 6 voices & organ  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  5. Alleluia, I heard a voice, anthem for 5 voices & organ  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  6. O how amiable, anthem for 5 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  7. Most mighty and all-knowing Lord, consort song for 4 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  8. Give ear, O Lord, anthem for 5 voices & organ  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  9. Work(s): Pavan 3: Mr Weelkes his 3. Pavin  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  10. Gloria in excelsis Deo, Sing, my soul, to God, anthem for 6 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  11. When David heard (O my son Absalom), sacred madrigal in 2 sections for 6 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  12. Lord, to thee I make my moan, anthem for 5 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  13. Voluntaries (2) for keyboard  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  14. All people clap your hands, for 5 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  15. What joy so true, anthem for 5 voices & organ  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  16. Hosanna To the Son of David, anthem for 6 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith
  17. Work(s): Pavan 5  - Thomas Weelkes  -  Fretwork  - David Skinner  - Martin Souter  -  Sidney Sussex College Choir, Cambridge  - Adrian Vanson  - Benjamin Atkinson  - Daniel Smith

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