Christopher Gibbons - Motets, anthems, fantasias & voluntaries (2012)

Gibbons

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr

It was about 15 years ago. As I was gently reading through the magnificent diary of Samuel Pepys, I noted again and again references to a great keyboard master ‘Mr.Gibbons’. I was fully aware of the music by Orlando Gibbons, whose music I had sung and known since the age of eight as a chorister at York Minster. The Gibbons of Pepys could not be Orlando, who died decades before the diary was written. Curiosity duly peaked, I quickly discovered that this famous midseventeenth century Gibbons was Christopher, Orlando’s son. Why, if he was indeed so feted in Pepys’s lifetime had I not come across his music? I was aware of his collaboration with Matthew Locke in the music written for Cupid and Death, but Christopher’s involvement was limited, emerging only in some short undistinguished dances – mostly surviving in only the treble and bass instrumental voices. As an organist and harpsichordist I was astonished that I had not ever heard or seen pieces by this man, especially as he had been one of the great line of Organists at Westminster Abbey, the first to be appointed in 1660 after the Restoration of the Monarchy. During the course of the next years I began digging for information and looking for scores. To my huge surprise there was practically nothing: one dissertation from 1963 and less than a handful of Fantasias for viols. Further rummaging after receipt of the dissertation fuelled ardour and increased my amazement: there was a large repertoire of music by this composer – anthems, fantasies, fantasy-suites and keyboard music. Was this music so uninteresting that it wasn’t worthy of attention? Was that the reason it lay undisturbed in Oxford and London libraries? Discovering Christopher Gibbons 
Above: Christopher Gibbons, from an original painting in the Music School, Oxford I ordered microfilms of all of the music and discovered a mastercomposer of great personality and genius. I first put on a concert of his music in 1999 in Amsterdam and have been airing it ever since that time. It is extraordinary music of great emotional power, and there are real masterpieces

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Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) is one of the world’s first and foremost period-instrument orchestras. Concerts across six continents and over 250 recordings since its formation by Christopher Hogwood in 1973 demon- strate AAM’s pre-eminence in music of the Baroque and Classical periods. The AAM is Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Cambridge.

AAM has made a number of celebrated recordings for harmonia mundi. Andrew Manze led the orchestra in Bach’s Solo and Double Violin Concertos, in a Vivaldi programme, Concert for the Prince of Poland, and in concerti grossi by Handel (the Op. 6) and Geminiani (after Corelli’s Op. 5). Paul Goodwin’s releases with AAM include a selec- tion of Christmas music by Schu?tz and his contemporaries, the Mozart singspiel Zaide, and two world premie?re record- ings of selected works by John Tavener: Eternity’s Sunrise and Total Eclipse.

In September 2006, Richard Egarr took up the post of Music Director, succeeding Hogwood who assumes the title of Emeritus Director. Egarr has already undertaken critical- ly-acclaimed work with the AAM including a USA tour and the recording of Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos. During his first season in the new role, Egarr will tour the UK, Europe and the USA, and continue AAM’s strong recording tradi- tion with a series of Handel recordings for harmonia mundi usa, beginning with this release of the Concerti grossi Op. 3.

Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr has worked with all types of keyboards: he has performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ intabulations, to Dussek, Schumann and Chopin on early pianos, to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is director of the Academy of the Begijnhof, Amsterdam, and is in great demand both as soloist and as accompanist for many of today’s finest artists. His collaboration with long-time duo partner Andrew Manze has been setting new performance standards since 1984.

As a conductor, Egarr has presented a wide range of repertoire – from Baroque opera and oratorio, to works by twentieth-century composers such as John Tavener and orchestral transcriptions by Stokowski. Recently named Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, he appears regularly with this and other ensembles: the Orchestra of the Age of En-lightenment, the Orchestra of the Paris Conservatory, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Richard Egarr now records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa and has made five recordings of music by

J.S. Bach: the Harpsichord Concertos with Andrew Manze and the Academy of Ancient Music; the Gamba Sonatas with Jaap ter Linden; the Violin Sonatas with Manze and ter Linden; a critically acclaimed recital, “Per cembalo solo...” (Gramophone Editor’s Choice); and the Goldberg Variations, hailed as “a spectacular disc” by the London Times. His most recent solo recording is devoted to Mozart Fantasias and Rondos, performed on an 1805 fortepiano. Egarr’s recordings with Andrew Manze also include the violin sonatas of J.F. Rebel, Pandolfi (Gramophone Award, 2000), Handel (Billboard ® Top Classical Album), Corelli (Gramophone Recording of the Month; the Prix Caecilia, 2003), Biber’s Rosary Sonatas (Edison Award, 2005), and Mozart’s Violin Sonatas, dubbed “the most stimulating

and satisfying Mozart recording of the year” (Chicago Tribune).

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Christopher Gibbons - Motets, anthems, fantasias & voluntaries (2012)

Gibbons

Academy of Ancient Music

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Not unto us, O Lord
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Voluntarie in C
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Above the Stars my Saviour dwells
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Fantasy-suite in d - I. [Fantasy]
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Fantasy-suite in d - II. Allman
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Fantasy-suite in d - III. Galliard
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Ah, my Soul, why so dismayed
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Organ Voluntary in C
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O bone Jesu
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A Voluntary for ye Duble Organ in a
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Fantasia
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The Lord said unto my Lord
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Verse for the Double Organn in d
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Fantasy-suite in F - I. Pavan
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Fantasy-suite in F - II. Allman
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Fantasy-suite in F - III. Courante
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Fantasy-suite in F - IV. Saraband
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