The Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal (2002)

Parsons, Weelkes, Byrd, Cornysh, Whyte, Holborne, Bennet, Ferrabosco I, Ferrabosco II, Tomkins, Johnson, Tallis

The Gents

Peter Dijkstra

The first half of the sixteenth century followed a very turbulent course in all of Europe, and England, as well, went through troubled times. Henry VIII succeeded to the throne in 1509, and reigned for 38 years. In 1533 he founded the Anglican church, he married six times, waged wars, and even found a little time to do some composing. After his death in 1547, he was succeeded by Edward VI, who was followed in 1555, after the death of Mary, by Elizabeth I, Henry VIII's younger daughter. Elizabeth had the task of bringing peace and stability to the country, and during her long reign, English music flourished as never before.

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Peter Dijkstra

Peter Dijkstra,born in the Netherlands in1978,is one of the leading choral conductors of our time.He comes from a musical family,and as a boy soprano he was in demand as a soloist, for example in opera productions such as Die Zauberflöte with The Netherlands Opera.He studie dchoral and orchestral conducting and voice at the conservatories of The Hague,Cologne and Stockholm,and graduated with honours.Peter Dijkstra was awarded the Kersjes-Van de Groene kam Prize for orchestral conductors in2002,and when he went on to win the Eric Ericson Award 2003 in Stockholm his international career was launched.He now works regularly with choirs such as The Netherlands Chamber Choir,bbc Singers, rias Chamber Choir Berlin,CollegiumVocale Gent and The Danish Radio Choir.Dijkstra is in command of a broad repertoire ranging from early music to premiers of newly composed works.But he is also a welcome guest conductor with orchestras like the SymphonyOrchestra of the Bavarian Radio,Munich RadioOrchestra, dso Berlin,Sinfonietta Amsterdam,Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and the JapanPhilharmonic.He also enjoys working with period instrument orchestras such as the Akademiefu?r Alte Musik Berlin and Concerto Köln. In 2005,Peter Dijkstra was appointed artistic director of the Choir of the Bavarian Radio inMunich,where he collaborates with conductors including Mariss Jansons,Nikolaus Harnoncourt,Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado. 

The Gents

The Gents is a unique, all-male Dutch vocal ensemble which, in a very short period, obtained a prominent position on the international music scene. This group of young singers is praised for its characteristic sound, its flexibility, and its unequalled interpretation of a very divergent vocal repertoire. The Gents have their roots in The Roden Boys' Choir, considered one of the Netherlands' top boys' choirs, and inherited its quality and professionalism. Conductor Peter Dijkstra founded the group in 1999. He was the artistic leader / conductor of the ensemble until 2007 and is now its first guest-conductor. As from August 2008, Béni Csillag is the conductor of the ensemble. Regardless of the music they perform - be it religious music from the Renaissance, romantic English music, contemporary jazz arrangements, pop songs, or works that have been specifically composed for the ensemble - the concerts of The Gents are always an extraordinary experience. As a result, they can count on an enthusiastic audience and good reviews in the press. The Gents have also acquired an international reputation. They have performed in Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Spain. In April 2005, The Gents made their first concert tour in Japan. At the invitation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, they performed at the World Expo in Aichi in front of an audience of 5000 people, including Dutch and Japanese royals. Its overwhelming success made the Gents decide to make a second Japan tour in 2006.

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The Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal (2002)

Parsons, Weelkes, Byrd, Cornysh, Whyte, Holborne, Bennet, Ferrabosco I, Ferrabosco II, Tomkins, Johnson, Tallis

The Gents

    Apeldoornse Courant

Aanstormend Talent (…) Loepzuivere intonatie en het ontbreken van ook maar een zweem van vibrato (…) Luister (…) beeldschoon album, dit koor en zijn dirigent tonen een prachtig stijlbesef en een haast griezelige accuratesse, gepaard aan een sterk doorontwikkeld ensemblegeluid (…)

    NRC/Handelsblad

opmerkelijk knap is het hoe het koor ook in de meest capricieuze melodische lijnen (Ave Maria van William Cornysh) vasthoudt aan een kraakhelder muzikale eenheid (…)

    BBC Music Magazine

palpable feeling for wide harmonic spaces and those lovely intertwining melodic arches. (…) (…) Excellent countertenors (…)

    Gramophone

Characteristic of the Dutch sound is a depht, richness and a full-throated sonority (…) (…) A choir to watch (…)

The Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal (2002)

Parsons, Weelkes, Byrd, Cornysh, Whyte, Holborne, Bennet, Ferrabosco I, Ferrabosco II, Tomkins, Johnson, Tallis

The Gents

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Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Jared Sacks
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Recording location:Oude katholieke Kerk - the Hague, The Netherlands May 2002
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Ave Maria
Parsons
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Lord, to Thee I make my moan
Weelkes
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Ave Verum Corpus
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Deliver us, O Lord
Weelkes
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Ave Maria, Mater Dei
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Christe, qui lux es et dies
Whyte
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Paradizo
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The Sighes
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The Honi-suckle
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Eliza, her name gives honour
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Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae I
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Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae I
Ferrabosco I
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In depth no man remembreth Thee
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Remember me, O Lord
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Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae II
Ferrabosco I
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Eliza is the fairest
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A Fancie in C Major from Mye Ladye Nevells Booke
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Salvator mundi
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Credo quod Redemptor
Parsons
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Miserere nostri
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