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Sing unto the Lord

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Psalm 30: 4-11

 
‘Sing unto the Lord’ also lacks a local habitation, in that its Chapel use is undocumented; yet the score calls it ‘made for Do(cto)r: Marshall’, possibly Hamlett Marshal, another king’s chaplain from 1616. A bass solo responds here to a fellow bass, not a tenor; but Gibbons deftly avoids the ‘table-leg’ bass harmonic progressions that hobble some writers. The sinewy sheen of his counterpoint for strings or keyboard perhaps explains something unique to his vocal manner. Voices surrender a little independence; but the resultant linear style’s achievement is better seen as pure fusion of instrumental and vocal. Time and again this comes through in the run of the anthems, where close canon between soloists intensifies the oratory to imbue the whole with inward raptness.

from notes by David Pinto © 2017

Recordings

Gibbons: In chains of gold
SIGCD511Download only 10 November 2017 Release
Gibbons: Anthems
CDH55228

Details

Track 12 on SIGCD511 [5'19] Download only 10 November 2017 Release
Track 2 on CDH55228 [5'55]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67116 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-11602
Duration
5'55
Recording date
30 April 1999
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Gibbons: Anthems (CDA67116)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: April 2000
    Deletion date: March 2005
    Superseded by CDH55228
  2. Gibbons: Anthems (CDH55228)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: May 2007
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