THOMAS WEELKES: English Anthems & Instrumental Music
The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Directed by David Skinner
Thomas Weelkes was a notorious drunkard and blasphemer, in regular conflict with the authorities of Chichester Cathedral where he was organist, Informator Choristarum, and a singing-man from 1602 until his death in 1623. At least that is his modern reputation. But regardless of the man's personal flaws, his music firmly stands as sublime. He was the most notable composer of madrigals in his day, and one of the most prolific composers of church music. Featured here is a selection of his finest full and verse anthems as well as instrumental music for organ, viols, and solo voice, including a number of anthems in praise of King James I of England.
This sampler includes the first three tracks of the CD.
1. Hosanna to the Son of David
2. Pavan : 'Mr Weelkes his Lacrimae'
3. What joy so true
4. All people clap your hands
5. Voluntary 
6. Lord to thee I make my moan
7. When David heard
8. Gloria in excelsis Deo
9. Pavan : Mr Weelkes his 3. Pavin'
10. Give ear, O Lord
11. Most mighty and all-knowing Lord
12. O how amiable
13. Voluntary 
14. Alleluia. I heard a voice
15. O mortal man
16. Pavan 
17 Give the king thy judgements
18. Fantasy 'for 2 Basses'
19. If King Manasses
20. O Lord, grant the King a long life
Released on OBSIDIAN RECORDS, April 2012