Peter Philips An Englishman Abroad

Peter Philips: An Englishman abroad (CR007)

Review by The Classical Review

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This new disc is the latest in a burgeoning series by the English group, Convivium Singers, a mixed-voice choir formed in 2009, on their own self-published label. Director Alexander Norman, who also contributes a fine liner essay, provides effective continuo realization at the organ on two tracks (with David Price accompanying on four others) with the resonant acoustic of Birmingham’s church of St. Alban the Martyr providing a gorgeous cushion for voices and organ.

Philips is not exactly unknown on disc, but in many cases his music has been recorded in a piecemeal fashion. The combination here of these three principal collections, in the many styles of which Philips is a neglected master, makes this an attractive introduction to the composer’s synthesis of styles at the cusp between the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Charles Downey, The Classical Review, 2nd November 2011

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