Gibbons: Music for Viols, Volume 1

Gibbons: Royal Fantasies
Music for Viols, Volume 1
Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1033


  1. In Nomine a5 No. 1
  2. In Nomine a5 No. 2
  3. In Nomine a5 No. 3

  4. Fantasies of three parts (London, 1621)
  5. Fantazia a3 No. 1
  6. Fantazia a3 No. 2
  7. Fantazia a3 No. 3
  8. Fantazia a3 No. 4
  9. Fantazia a3 No. 5
  10. Fantazia a3 No. 6
  11. Fantazia a3 No. 7
  12. Fantazia a3 No. 8
  13. Fantazia a3 No. 9

  14. Music with the Great Dooble Base
  15. Fantazia a4 No. 1
  16. Fantazia a4 No. 2

  18. In Nomine a4

  19. Music with the Great Dooble Base
  20. Fantazia a3 No. 1
  21. Fantazia a3 No. 2
  22. Galliard

  24. Pavan De Le Roye

  25. Music with the Great Dooble Base
  26. Fantazia a3 No. 3
  27. Fantazia a3 No. 4

Performers: Mark Levy (treble viol), Joanna Levine (treble & great bass viol), Emilia Benjamin (tenor viol), Daniel Yeadon (tenor & bass viol), Alison McGillivray (bass viol), Gary Cooper (harpsichord)

Playing time: 65'

Recording date: September 1998 (Gloucestershire)

A systematic survey of Gibbons' consort music is very welcome.

The present program focuses on the 3-voice published fantasias (tracks 4-12), and even suggests they might all be variations on the same theme.

Track 19 (in five parts) was reconstructed by Mark Levy, and is also a questionable attribution.

The next volume:

Gibbons: Go from my window
Music for Viols, Volume 2
Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1039

Two older recordings featuring this music:

Orlando Gibbons: Fantaisies Royales
Jordi Savall / Christophe Coin / Sergi Casademunt
Astrée 7747
Music for Prince Charles
Fantasias and Dances: Gibbons and Lupo
The Parley of Instruments - Peter Holman
Hyperion 66395 (English Orpheus, Vol. 4)

And a classic program featuring consort music but featuring a broader selection:

Cries and Fancies
Gibbons: Fantasias, In Nomines and The Cries of London
Virgin Veritas 45144

A more recent recording of Gibbons' consort music:

Gibbons: Consorts for Viols
Phantasm - Laurence Dreyfus
Avie Records 0032

Finally, other recordings by Concordia:

Byrd: Consort Songs
Robin Blaze / Concordia
Hyperion 67397
1605 - Treason & Dischord
William Byrd and the Gunpowder Plot
The King's Singers / Concordia
Signum 061
Lawes: Knock'd on the Head
Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1045
Music and Art at the Court of Charles I
Paul Agnew / Christopher Wilson / Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1038
Music for Mona Lisa
Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1023
Crye - Musical tears and meditations from the English Golden Age
Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1020
All the King's Men
Henry VIII & the Princes of the Renaissance
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth / Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1012
All the King's Horses
Knights, Poets and Patrons of the Renaissance Courts
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth / Concordia - Mark Levy
Metronome 1013
Music for Don Quixote
Songs and Dances of Renaissance Spain
Ana-Maria Rincón / Concordia - Mark Levy
Dervorguilla 103
A Magnifick Consort
Chamber Music & Songs by Matthew Locke
Rachel Platt / Concordia - Mark Levy
Dervorguilla 108
Songs and Sonnets
Music for Voice and Viols by William Byrd
Rachel Platt / Concordia - Mark Levy
Meridian 84271
Campion: English Ayres
Michael Chance / Nigel North / The English Ayre / Concordia
Linn 105
William Cavendish in Antwerp
Works by Dowland, Sabbatini, Lawes, Locke, Jenkins, etc.
Angharad Gruffydd Jones / Concordia - Mark Levy
Etcetera 4019

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Todd M. McComb