Free Download: Fretwork and the Magdalena Consort perform Gibbons's Consort Anthems

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Free Download: Fretwork and the Magdalena Consort perform Gibbons's Consort Anthems

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This week's free download is 'Blessed are all they that fear the Lord' by Orlando Gibbons from his set of Consort Anthems, performed by Fretwork with the Magdalena Consort, conducted by Peter Harvey. It is featured on 'In Chains of Gold', which received five stars for both performance and recording in the February issue of BBC Music Magazine.

17th-century British composer Gibbons was an exceptionally versatile composer; as well as these verse anthems, he also wrote madrigals, fantasias for viols, and a large number of keyboard works. This disc is the first complete recording of the consort anthems, with many discovered only relatively recently. The anthems celebrate events or services, commissioned either for private worship, or for the Royal Chapels of Greenwich, Whitehall, and Hampton Court.

'These performances glimmer with all the yearning, devoutness, and splendour of the age', writes Hannah French. 

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