Tomkins: Anthems & Canticles
Label: OPUS ARTE
OXFORD CHOIR OF MAGDALEN COLLEGE PHANTASM HYDE DREYFUS
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.