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"This disc casts new light on Thomas Weelkes ... in a beautifully planned sequence exploring his sacred vocal and instrumental repertoire for viols and organ... the programme offers a felicitous variety of genres, textures and styles.The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge ... now a force to be reckoned with: candid, alert voices, nigh flawless technically. There’s both freshness and fire in these accounts... The selection of lachrymose pavans is luminously played by viol consort Fretwork, and pithily chormatic organ solos are articulately realised by the college organ scholars. The clean recorded sound, swathed in the silvery echo of the Sidney Sussex chapel, lets every detail cut through."
Kate Bolton - BBC Music magazine - September 2012
"...The acoustic of the CD (recorded in the College) is most conducive to the music… it sponsors a perfect blend of intimacy (as befits the style) and declamation, drama (as befits the subject matter). The booklet is informative, setting Weelkes’ rakish reputation against his skills as musician; it contains the texts, usefully indicating which Biblical passages etc inspired them. This adds to our appreciation of the fact that Weelkes was indeed such an accomplished and all-round composer. There are many other CDs of his work. But for those wanting a sample of his scope and depth, this is an excellent place to start."
Mark Sealey - ClassicalNet - 14 June 2012
"...there is more to this disc than the anthems, and the exquisite playing of Fretwork, especially in the 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."
Marc Rochester - Gramophone magazine - July 2012
"... Fretwork’s highly musical phrasing complemented by dusky timbres and sharply delineated textures return to delight both ear and brain as they have always done."
Robert Levett - International Record Review - June 2012
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