Thomas Weelkes: Grant the King a long life-English Anthems & Instrumental Music

Thomas Weelkes was a notorious drunkard and blasphemer, in regular conflict with the authorities of Chichester Cathedral where he was organist, Informator Choristarum, and a singing-man from 1602 until his death in 1623. At least that is his modern reputation. But regardless of the man’s personal flaws, his music firmly stands as sublime.
He was the most notable composer of madrigals in his day, and one of the most prolific composers of church music. Featured here is a selection of his finest full and verse anthems as well as instrumental music for organ, viols, and solo voice, including a number of anthems in praise of King James I of England.

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1. Hosanna to the Son of David
2. Pavan [1]: 'Mr Weelkes his Lacrimae'
3. What joy so true
4. All people clap your hands
5. Voluntary [1]
6. Lord to thee I make my moan
7. When David heard
8. Gloria in excelsis Deo
9. Pavan [3]: 'Mr Weelkes his 3. Pavin'
10. Give ear, O Lord
11. Most mighty and all-knowing Lord
12. O how amiable
13. Voluntary [2]
14. Alleluia. I heard a voice
15. O mortal man
16. Pavan [5]
17 Give the king thy judgements
18. Fantasy 'for 2 Basses'
19. If King Manasses
20. O Lord, grant the King a long life
Released: June 2012
Length: 63 minuites
Artists: The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge , Fretwork
“the exquisite playing of Fretwork, especially in the three Pavans, is of such quality that it alone is well worth the price of the disc. And, given their own moment in the limelight in two of Weelkes's voluntaries, the two organists emerge as deeply sympathetic to this delightful music.”
Gramophone Magazine, July 2012
“For the organ-accompanied verse anthems the soloists have been drawn from the choir...while in anthems such as 'What joy so true' the women affect the usual choirboyish quality though without the dangerously fragile intonation that usually accompanies such a strategy; the result is, well, affecting...Fretwork's highly musical phrasing complemented by dusky timbres and sharply delineated textures return to delight both ear and brain”
International Record Review, July 2012
“There's both freshness and fire in these accounts, Skinner underscoring the music's dramatic and madrigalian qualities, and enhancing dynamic and textural contrasts to elating effect.”
BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 *****