Phantasm: Gibbons: Consorts for Viols - American Record Guide
is one of the better viol consort programs I have heard. Included here are 11
fantasias in all, 2 In Nomines, and a few odd pieces, including instrumental
renditions of some keyboard pieces and two of Gibbon's anthems: ‘O Lord, in thy
wrath rebuke me not' and ‘Hosanna to the Son of David'. In the notes Dreyfus
mentions having been warned away from "straying off his turf" by including
arrangements of these other works, but I have to say his approach seems true to
the baroque spirit of arranging music, and the results seem to have justified
his decision-the experiment is a success.
Gibbons's music has more of a forward thrust and drive than, say, Purcell's or Jenkins's pieces of like nature. I was interested to read in the notes that Gibbons was Glenn Gould's favorite composer-not exactly something one would expect! Still, I remember many years ago listening over and over to Gould's very fast, energetic piano rendition of Bach's Italian Concerto, so it is understandable that the energy in Gibbons's work would appeal to him.
Beautiful music, wonderfully performed, excellent sound.