Gibbons - The Woods So Wild | Linn BKD125

Gibbons - The Woods So Wild


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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD125

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 14th August 2015



John Toll performs a beautiful disc of Orlando Gibbons’ keyboard music which Classics Today awarded its top rating of 10/10. The well-chosen repertoire includes pieces performed on a single-manual Ruckers harpsichord interspersed with those played on Adlington Hall’s restored two-manual 17th-century organ.

Originally released in 2001, 'Gibbons: The Woods So Wild' has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

A great keyboard virtuoso, Gibbons was also a fine composer of the Elizabethan ‘golden age’. Gibbons’ writing displays a balance of phrasing and a fine sense of texture - the 24 pieces on this recording have been selected as illustrative of the core of this repertoire.

The Fantasias are the most remarkable group of pieces, and are the ones where Gibbons best displays his contrapuntal skills, displaying techniques that clearly influenced the next generation of composers.

Highlights include the title track, the Lord Salisbury Pavan and Galliard, and the famous Fantasia for Double Organ.

John Toll was an organist and harpsichordist with a reputation for excellence in the field of early music who sadly passed away in 2001. Through dozens of recordings and countless concerts he established a reputation as one of the best keyboard continuo players anywhere. The art of adding harmony to a bass line to enhance its essential role in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries has rarely been more comprehensively mastered, or better taught.

Toll was also the first-choice keyboard player for Andrew Parrott's Taverner Players and Roger Norrington's London Baroque/Classical Players. As the early music world developed in the 1980s and 1990s, Toll became an ever more central figure. He co-founded Romanesca with the lutenist Nigel North and the violinist Andrew Manze, thus helping to launch the career of one of the more recent stars of the early music scene.

Fans of Gibbons' keyboard music will definitely want this release.’ - Classics Today (Artistic Quality 10 / Sound Quality 10)

What sets this disc apart is Toll's insight, reflected in transparent textures, beautifully crafted lines, and a poise and involvement in the music.’ - BBC Music Magazine

The organ playing is sweet...the harpsichord as light and fresh as air.’ - The Independent on Sunday

This is a delightful disc.’ - Early Music Review

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