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Track(s) taken from CDH55228

Behold, thou hast made my days

author of text
Psalm 39: 5-7, 12-13

Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Sarah Baldock (organ)
Recording details: April 1999
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: April 2000
Total duration: 4 minutes 33 seconds

Other recordings available for download

Jaliya Senanayake (tenor), Jesus College Choir Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor), Benjamin Morris (organ)
Magdalena Consort, Fretwork, Charles Daniels (tenor) December 2017 Release


'Hill breathes new life into Gibbons' musical and spoken rhetoric, using tempo and dynamics to set up conflicts between vocal lines. Perfectly complemented by Robin Blaze … the choral sound is exemplary―clean, but edged with an appealing English softness … a glorious sound' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An essential addition to any collection of English church music' (International Record Review)

'This recording is a well-balanced introduction to Gibbons' obvious musical talent' (Scotland on Sunday)
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was the outstanding English composer of church music in the generation following William Byrd, but in his lifetime he was probably best known as a brilliant keyboard player. His anthems belong to either of the two types—the verse anthem (in which short choruses break up the solo passages into a succession of verses) and the full anthem (written for full choir). Setting words from Psalm 39, Gibbons composed Behold thou hast made my days in 1618 for the funeral of Anthony Maxey, Dean of Windsor. This is one of only three of his verse anthems employing a single solo voice, here alternating with the 5-part chorus.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016

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