With a Merrie Noyse: Second Service and Consort Anthems by Orlando Gibbons

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
With a Merrie Noyse, the charmingly antiquated title of this disc of church music by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), is a line borrowed from the composer's brilliant anthem "O Clap Your Hands." It's an appropriate description for this excellent recording from the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, directed by Bill Ives, which includes that anthem, along with a well-chosen selection of some of Gibbons's best-known religious music. Perhaps the most familiar of all is the opening piece, the verse anthem "This is the Record of John," in which choir and soloist alternate in dramatic juxtaposition. Countertenor Rogers Covey-Crump is the expressive soloist, while the choir answer ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
With a Merrie Noyse, the charmingly antiquated title of this disc of church music by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), is a line borrowed from the composer's brilliant anthem "O Clap Your Hands." It's an appropriate description for this excellent recording from the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, directed by Bill Ives, which includes that anthem, along with a well-chosen selection of some of Gibbons's best-known religious music. Perhaps the most familiar of all is the opening piece, the verse anthem "This is the Record of John," in which choir and soloist alternate in dramatic juxtaposition. Countertenor Rogers Covey-Crump is the expressive soloist, while the choir answer with bright-toned singing. Although the voices are typically accompanied by organ, the accomplished viol consort Fretwork join in here, adding their delicate sonority and contrapuntal clarity to fashion an appealingly fresh-sounding performance. Fretwork also take part in two other verse anthems on the program, as well as four selections from Gibbons's celebrated Second Service music, of which the Magnificat is particularly splendid. In contrast, two a cappella full anthems -- "Almighty and Everlasting God" and "O Clap Your Hands" -- allow the choir to shine on its own, while a pair of hymns inserted in the middle of the program feature Jonathan Hardy at the organ (he also offers two solo pieces). Recorded in the resonant acoustics of the Magdalen College Chapel, the disc finds a magical blend between viols and voices, with the sound of the instruments seemingly folded into the texture of the choir. The tempos move along nicely, though without ever feeling forced, and all involved offer superb, fully committed performances. Vital listening, then, for Gibbons enthusiasts -- and for the novice, a fine introduction to the music of England's most gifted composer of the post-Byrd generation.
All Music Guide - James Manheim
Several recordings have recently explored the largely neglected work of English composer Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625. But it is fitting that With a Merrie Noyse has been the one to receive a Grammy award nomination, for Best Small Ensemble Performance, in 2004. This U.S. industry award tends to be bestowed on good collaborations, and With a Merrie Noyse effectively brings together top forces from different areas of the early music community in an exploration of Gibbons' sacred music. First there is the venerable Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, where Gibbons never went out of style. They offer the Gibbons "Second Service" as well as anthems and other shorter choral pieces, interspersed with organ works. With its configuration, unchanged for centuries, of 16 boy singers and 12 adult men, the choir has this music bred in the bone and delivers clear, natural shapings of Gibbons' English texts. Works such as "See, the Word is incarnate," with their Italian-madrigalian sense of text expression, come off beautifully here. Solo parts in the "Second Service" are taken by a quartet of top-notch singers, including countertenor Rogers Covey-Crump. And finally there is the viol consort Fretwork, which has been especially active in performing and recording music from this general time period. These are diverse talents, but they are brought together under the leadership of choir director Bill Ives in performances that beautifully realize this quintessentially English, and quintessentially Anglican, sacred music by a composer who took what he needed from wherever he could find it to form a style that proved the basis for England's distinctive local variant of Baroque style.
Gramophone - David Fallows
The viols of Fretwork provide a marvellously fluid accompaniment to the choir, on persuasive form under the direction of Bill Ives.

The viols of Fretwork provide a marvellously fluid accompaniment to the choir, on persuasive form under the direction of Bill Ives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046733728
  • Catalog Number: 907337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is the record of John, anthem for voices - Orlando Gibbons & Rogers Covey-Crump (4:26)
  2. 2 Almighty and everlasting God, anthem for 4 voices - Orlando Gibbons & Bill Ives (2:28)
  3. 3 Work(s): A Voluntary [for organ] - Orlando Gibbons & Robina G. Young (2:18)
  4. 4 Second Service (Verse Service), for 1-5 voices & organ: Morning: Te Deum - Orlando Gibbons & Stephen Connolly (10:55)
  5. 5 Second Service (Verse Service), for 1-5 voices & organ: Morning: Jubilate - Orlando Gibbons & Rogers Covey-Crump (4:29)
  6. 6 Now shall the praises of the Lord be sung, song (from "Hymns and Songs of the Church") - Orlando Gibbons & Bill Ives (1:26)
  7. 7 Fantasia on the 1st tone, for double organ, MB7 - Orlando Gibbons & Robina G. Young (5:49)
  8. 8 Come, kiss me with those lips of thine, song (from "The Hymns and Songs of the Church") - Orlando Gibbons & Bill Ives (1:05)
  9. 9 Second Service (Verse Service), for 1-5 voices & organ: Evening: Magnificat - Orlando Gibbons & Fretwork (6:12)
  10. 10 Second Service (Verse Service), for 1-5 voices & organ: Evening: Nunc dimittis - Orlando Gibbons & Stephen Connolly (3:39)
  11. 11 O clap your hands, anthem for 8 voices - Orlando Gibbons & Bill Ives (5:57)
  12. 12 Great King of Gods (Lord of Lords), anthem for voices - Orlando Gibbons & Stephen Connolly (4:35)
  13. 13 See, the word is incarnate, anthem for voices - Orlando Gibbons & Stephen Connolly (6:16)
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Bill Ives Primary Artist
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