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The ensemble The Spirit of Gambo focuses on consort music, a genre mainly intended for performance among family or friends, and usually played on between four and six viols. The tradition reached its peak around 1600. Thanks to both its abundance and its quality, this repertoire offers The Spirit of Gambo an inexhaustible supply of riches.
The group is appearing increasingly often at large festivals, where its concerts are particularly welcomed. The Spirit of Gambo has already recorded several CDs, all of which have been enthusiastically received.
Over time, the group has built up a unique collection of instruments in order to convey the full richness of the consort repertoire. Its concerts represent a fascinating quest in the world of lost sonorities and forgotten atmospheres.  

MF8022 Consort Music - In Nomine
Christopher Tye
Consort Music - In Nomine
Freek Borstlap, treble viol
Liam Fennelly, treble viol & tenor viol
Gesina Liedmeier, tenor viol
Ivanka Neeleman, tenor viol & bass viol
Thomas Baeté, bass viol & plainchant
avec la participation de Claren McFadden, soprano
Christopher Tye was a 16th-century English composer and organist who received the degree of Doctor of Music from both Cambridge and Oxford. He was one of the first composers to write music for viol consort, and one of the most important of his generation. Over 30 instrumental pieces by him survive, including 21 In Nomine settings mostly in 5 parts.
After two acclaimed albums dedicated to John Jenkins, the viol consort The Spirit of Gambo presents Tye’s daring, uncompromising and strikingly beautiful music.

MF8019 Fantasias, Pavans & Airs in Four Parts
John Jenkins
Fantasias, Pavans & Airs in Four Parts
Freek Borstlap, dessus de viole
Gesina Liedmeier, viole ténor & dessus de viole
Thomas Baeté, viole ténor & basse de viole
Ivanka Neeleman, basse de viole
Haru Kitamika, orgue
The period between 1580 and 1650 is often referred as the Golden Age of English consort music, not only for the breathtaking amount of repertoire, but also for the incomparable quality of the music produced.
Among the many brilliant musicians of this Golden Age, none shines brighter than John Jenkins, but still he is neglected.

MF8011 Consort Music of Four Parts
John Jenkins
Consort Music of Four Parts

Freek Borstlap dessus de viole
Gesina Liedmeier, viole ténor
Thomas Baeté, viole ténor
Ivanka Neeleman, basse de viole

John Jenkins’ life encompassed the golden age of English instrumental music, from Byrd to Purcell. Throughout this period, he scrupulously followed the fashions of English chamber music as it evolved in stages from the typical English fantasia towards the trio sonata of more Italianate inspiration. With considerable skill and a strong sense of lyricism he brought the fantasia for viol consort to its zenith. John Jenkins and his much esteemed friend William Lawes can be regarded as the two most important composers in England during the reign of Charles I.


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