1. Verse Anthem: This is the record of John – Gibbons2. Voluntary in C (10 August, 1647) – Tomkins3. Magnificat from the 'Short' Evening Service – Gibbons4. In Nomine a5, Vdgs 1 – Weelkes5. Nunc Dimittis from the 'Short' Evening Service – Gibbons6. A Substantial Verse – Tomkins7. Verse Anthem: My Shepherd is the living Lord – Tomkins8. Fantasia VII a3 – Tomkins, Vdgs 99. Verse in a – Tomkins10. Full Anthem: O Lord, in the wrath – Gibbons 11. Voluntary I – Weelkes12. Magnificat - Evening Verse Service 'for Trebles' - Weelkes13. Voluntary in D – Tomkins14. Nunc Dimittis - Evening Verse Service 'for Trebles' - Weelkes15. Fantasia a4 'for the great dooble bass', Vdgs 1 – Gibbons16. Voluntary in a – Tomkins17. Verse Anthem: See, see, the Word is incarnate – Gibbons
‘[...] this finely produced disc is an excellent exemplar to modern ears of the musical riches - still too little-known - from the Stuart dynasty. The music has been most intelligently chosen, and the performances - from choir, viol consort and solo organ - are all of a very high standard, as is the consistent recording quality.'
★★★★★ The Organ (James Palmer)
'Despite a long and distinguished history, Trinity Hall, founded as early as 1350, is one of the lesser-known colleges that make up the University of Cambridge. [...] I was well aware of Trinity Hall but am mortified to confess that I knew nothing of its chapel, nor of its chapel choir and its several discs released before the one currently under review here. On the basis of this recording, the state of its music is certainly of a piece with the college’s eminent stature. The mixed Chapel Choir has 23 members (7S 6A 5T 5B) and verses are sung by members of Orpheus Britannicus, the Ensemble in Residence which consists of seven singers who are well kent in early music circles. Accompaniments are provided by the organ scholar, James Grimwood, or the five-strong consort, Newe Vialles, while the several organ solos are played by the college’s Director of Music, Andrew Arthur, who also conducts. [...] nowhere throughout the disc is there a dull moment, half because of the quality of the music and half because of the leisured intensity of the performances.[...] There is a richness about the tone of the choir which suggests a Baroque sensibility rather than the more austere Anglican approach which is often adopted for the music of these composers. Thanks to the slower tempi, individual parts are easily audible while the voices blend beautifully. This is a most impressive recording. For potential purchasers unfamiliar with the repertory but keen to give it a hearing (or just keen to support Trinity Hall), it is a delightful introduction. For those familiar with this music, and who possess recordings of all these pieces, it is well worth buying this disc for the singularly ripe yet penetrating performances.' Early Music Review (Richard Turbet)
'The various musical forces drawn together for this production breathe new life into this music
from centuries past in the fine performances collected here.'
'Andrew Arthur sets a pace that is refreshingly unhurried, giving the massed voices a chance for their individual lines to be heard in the generous acoustic. [...] The five-strong viol consort Newe Vialles are most impressive in their three solo tracks. They also join in the large scale opening and closing tracks (This is the record of John & See, see, the Word is incarnate). [...] Andrew Arthur's performance of the Voluntary (in C, MB24) is particularly impressive, with its virtuosic concluding flourish executed perfectly.'
Early Music Reviews+ (Andrew Benson-Wilson)
‘...impresive and warmly resonant'
BBC Music Magazine (Anthony Pryer)