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The Nativity (detail) by Stefan Lochner (c1410-1451)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen , Alte Pinakotek, Munich / Artothek
Track(s) taken from CDH55463
Recording details: June 1997
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 1997
Total duration: 4 minutes 47 seconds

'This truly rich advent feast is performed wonderfully well on all counts and can be highly recommended' (Organists' Review)

This is the record of John
composer
author of text
John 1: 19-23

Other recordings available for download
Robin Blaze (countertenor), Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Sarah Baldock (organ)
Introduction
The Epistle and Gospel readings for the Sundays of Advent deal with different themes. The Third Sunday in Advent has as its Gospel part of the first Chapter of the Gospel according to John. These words are set by Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) as This is the record of John, one of the most remarkable of all Tudor verse anthems.

Gibbons sang in the choir at King’s College Cambridge with his brother, became a student at the University and went on to sing at the Chapel Royal when James I was on the throne. By 1625, the year of the composer’s death, Gibbons had become the senior organist.

The music—originally set with an accompaniment provided by viols—seems brilliantly matched to the words: the question ‘Who art thou?’; the long notes at ‘and said plainly’; the florid reply ‘I am not the Christ’; the rising figure at the question ‘Art thou Elias?’. There are three sections for the soloist; each is answered in turn by the choir ending with the step-wise phrase sung immediately by all: ‘Make straight the way of the Lord’.

from notes by William McVicker © 1997


Other albums featuring this work
'Gibbons: Anthems' (CDH55228)
Gibbons: Anthems
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