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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
Studio Master: SIGCD511Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Gibbons: Anthems
CDH55228

Details

Track 12 on SIGCD511 [5'19] Download only NEW
Track 2 on CDH55228 [5'55]

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