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See, see, the Word is incarnate

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The longest, most powerful, ‘See, see, the Word is incarnate’, is another expanded to include divisi effects and a more triumphal Amen. Strangely, even this has no known connection to the Chapel of the day; but signs from the score are that here too revision may not have been quite complete. Its text, furthermore, fits no Anglican festival unless maybe Ascension: it traces Christ’s entire life up to then, Messiah-fashion. Its prose (assigned to Godfrey Goodman, soon to become one of the most latitudinarian of bishops), almost devoid of narrative, creates an oddly static series of icons or tableaux. Even so, the organic quality infused through the notes lifts that visual, verbless aspect, merging with it to a stained-glass brilliance. Paradoxically, it still streams on as irresistibly as anything else in the literature. Had Gibbons lived longer, English Baroque might have evolved to very different effect.

from notes by David Pinto © 2017

Recordings

Gibbons: In chains of gold
Studio Master: SIGCD511Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Great Cathedral Anthems
SIGCD514Download only 26 January 2018 Release
Music from the reign of King James I
CDA67858

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Track 14 on SIGCD511 [5'48] Download only NEW
Track 3 on SIGCD514 [6'09] Download only 26 January 2018 Release
Track 12 on CDA67858 [6'15]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67858 track 12

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ISRC
GB-AJY-11-85812
Duration
6'15
Recording date
17 March 2010
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Music from the reign of King James I (CDA67858)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: February 2011
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