Thomas Tomkins: Anthems & Canticles
The renowned Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, joined here by former Magdalen College viol consort-in-residence, Phantasm, showcase the amazing breadth and diversity of this masterly voice in English composition. Five verse anthems, jewels in Tomkins’s choral output, have come down to us with ensemble accompaniment, allowing choir and consort to combine forces as it’s likely they once did in the Elizabethan Chapel Royal. Phantasm also perform some of Tomkins’s most striking works for three to six viols, revealing the composer’s very personal approach to the consort style.
Track listingFantasia XVIII 2.33Sing unto God 6.04A Fantasy (9 September 1646) 3.01Thou art my king 4.35Fantasia XIV 3.13Above the stars 3.35A substantial verse 4.23Pavan VI 3.50Magnificat (The Fifth Service) 5.09Pavan VII 2.44Nunc dimittis (The Fifth Service) 2.41Alman 1.20Lord, let my know mine end 5.57For Mr Archdeacon Thornburgh 2.14Fantasia XVII 3.05Pavan and Galliard XVIII 4.30Rejoice, rejoice and sing 6.1865.19