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These Distracted Times

Thomas Tomkins - These Distracted Times

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

David Skinner



Jamal Sutton

organ

Alamire


Alamire directed by David Skinner


Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge


Fretwork



Venue:

Chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge



Engineer:

Martin Souter



Record Label
Obsidian

Genre:

Early Music




Total Time - 65:40
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These Distracted Times

 

THOMAS TOMKINS

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1 

Pavan I

3:15
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
     
2 

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom

5:24
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
3 

Hear my prayer, O Lord

4:28
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
4 

The heavens declare

2:56
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
5 

Fifth Service

7:37
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
6 

A Fancy

3:11
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 Jamal Sutton organ
     
7 

Fifth Service

5:08
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
8 

O Lord, how manifold

1:52
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
9 

Pavan VII

3:37
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
     
10 

I heard a voice from heaven

1:45
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
11 

Fifh Service

5:24
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
12 

Pavan 'for these distracted times'

3:07
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 Jamal Sutton organ
     
13 

Fifth Service

2:50
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
14 

Pavan VIII

3:34
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
     
15 

Remember me, O Lord

2:38
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
     
16 

When David heard

3:58
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
     
17 

My help cometh from the Lord

4:56
  Performing editions by David Skinner  
 
 David Skinner
Thomas Tomkins: These Distracted Times – Fretwork, Alamire, Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, David Skinner.

‘Every year throws up some treasurable surprises and this is certainly one of those. A new label, Obsidian, chooses to launch with a collection of vocal music by Thomas Tomkins who, while renowned in his day, is now rather less fashionable than his mentor William Byrd (still less Tallis). This disc should, if there’s some justice in the world, do much for Tomkins’s reputation. The performances fairly glow, and so does one’s spirit after traversing this glorious programme. No surprise at the deeply felt playing of Fretwork, but the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, is new to me. They sing with as much sensitivity and soul as many more famous rivals. The vocal ensemble Alamire are marvellously balanced and they boast one heck of a bass (granite-firm in the lowest reaches, noble of utterance) in Robert Macdonald. That Tomkins could compose such sublime music living at the same time as Oliver Cromwell cracked down on choral music is astonishing. Ironically, in a twist that the composer would surely have enjoyed, this remarkable album was recorded in the very chapel which houses Cromwell’s head. This disc has already been much played. Obsidian have got off to the best possible start.’

Gramophone, ‘CD of the Month’, February 2008

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