This recording contains forgotten gems for Flute and Piano from the 20th Century in a huge variety of styles, which have never been commercially recorded, and includes two works for Solo Flute.
This varied selection of tuneful but largely unfamiliar orchestral music by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs includes the delightful suite from his collaboration with Walter de la Mare, the “fairy play” Crossings.
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: In the High Alps; Lakeland Pictures; Herbert Howells: Gadabout; Slow Dance; Cobbler’s Hornpipe; There was a most beautiful lady; Triumph Tune; Sarum Sketches; Rhapsody; Jackanapes.
Dan Godfrey Encores, Dutton Epoch, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp. Includes the Betrothal, ballet music written by Gibbs in 1923 for the fairy play Maeterlinck
Recorded at The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, 24-25 November 2007 Armstrong Gibbs was once a favourite composer of local choral societies, but his masterpiece, the choral symphony Odysseus, has seldom been heard because it immediately preceded the Second World War and afterwards never really established itself.
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs Songs, Nik Hancock-Child, baritone, Rosemary Hancock-Child, piano. Marco Polo 8223458
British Light Classics Volume 2 includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb’s ‘Dusk’ with works by Daniel Strong Godfrey, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Eric Coates, Charles Williams, Robert Farnon, Geoffrey Toye, Albert William Ketèlbey, Frederic Curzon, Ronald Binge, Sir Hamilton Harty, Charles Ancliffe, Peter Hope, Ernest Bucalossi, Archibald Joyce, Sydney Baynes, Wilhelm Meyer Lutz.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth
Janet Baker English Song Anthology includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs’s ‘This is a Sacred City’ & ‘Love is a Sickness Op.44/1’ with works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Michael Head, Thomas Dunhill, Peter Warlock, Herbert Howells, Ivor Gurney, and Gerald Finzi
The Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra Volumes 1 & 2 includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb’s ‘Dusk’ with music by Robert Busby; Arthur Benjamin; Charles Williams; Robert Farnon; Frederic Curzon; Sidney Torch; Clive Richardson; Eric Coates; Clifton Parker; Len Stevens; Peter Yorke; Haydn Wood; Jack Strachey; Vivian Ellis; Joyce Cocharane; Lloyd Thomas; Geoffrey Henman; James Moody; Richard Addinsell; Jack Beaver; Tony Lowry; Eric Siday; Philip Green; Michael North; John Holliday; Mark Lubbock & Montague Phillips.
Twenty Four Aspects of an Amorous Nature includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb’s, The Cherry Tree with works by John Ireland, Roger Quilter, Maude Valerie White, Gerald Finzi, Michael Head, Peter Warlock, Henry Carey, George Frederic Handel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gunter Raphael, Arthur Somervell, Edward Elgar & Frank Bridge. Peter Jeffes, tenor and David Woodcock, piano.
My Own Country includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs’s ‘The Stranger’ and ‘Five Eyes’ with works by Arthur Sullivan, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Roger Quilter, George Dyson, Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells, Michael Head, Peter Warlock and Benjamin Britten.
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: String Quartet in A major Op.73 Arnold Bax String Quartet No.1 in G major; Elizabeth Maconchy: Quintet for Oboe and Strings; Edrich Cundell: String Quartet in C Op.27
Ca’ the yowes – A Collection of 20th Century Part Songs includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs’s ‘The Listeners’ with works by Lennox Berkeley, Gustav Holst, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Frederick Delius, Robert Chilcott, Gerald Finzi & Traditional.
A Marian Christmas includes Cecil Armstrong Gibbs’s ‘Cradle Song’ with music by Franz Biebl, David Conte, Robert Parsons, Johannes Brahms, Healey Willan, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Terry Schlenker, Tomás Luis de Victoria, David Cutforth, Peter Warlock, Charles Hubert Parry, Alfred Whitehead, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Hugo Distler, Michael Praetorius
Favourite English Songs includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb’s ‘Silver Op.30 No.2’ with works by Edward Elgar, Maude Valerie White, Thomas Dunhill, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dorothy Hogben, Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley, Geoffrey Bush, Herbert Howells, Frank Bridge, Michael Head, Liza Lehmann, Graham Peel, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Lord Berners, Percy Grainger, Peter Warlock and William Walton.
The Complete New English Hymnal Volume 10 includes Cecil Armstrong Gibb’s ‘Judge eternal, throned in splendour’ with hymn tunes by Charles Wesley, William Jones, James Green, William Croft, John Ireland, William Henry Monk, Richard Redhead, John Randall, Percy Carter Buck, John Roberts, Thomas Olivers and some traditional & anonymous.
This project which sought to bring to life these 107 songs of Armstrong Gibbs was undertaken by Adrian Farmer, accompanist and Director of Music at Nimbus Records, and was later joined by Charlotte de Rothschild, an accomplished Soprano with a wide-ranging repertoire, and Nathan Vale, an exciting Tenor.
De Profundis Clamavi is a two-disc recording of English piano music, contrasting three dramatic sonatas with a vibrant selection of shorter pieces ranging from the sublimely poetic to the darkly rhapsodic.
“A treasure trove for those who enjoy the lyrical English pastoral tradition.”Complete Works for Violin and PianoMusicWeb International
“A quiet mastery of the medium that brings constant pleasure, nicely performed and recorded.”Dale and FellBBC Music Magazine
“It becomes clear that Gibbs is yet another English composer whose music is inexplicably forgotten today. If you like Vaughan Williams, Bax and other contemporary composers you will enjoy this recording.”Songs by Armstrong GibbsHyperion
“It catches Janet Baker at her glorious best singing some of the finest English songs in the repertoire. They are performed with such beautiful and sensitive phrasing as you would expect from Janet Baker, and this album is a must have.”Janet Baker - English Song AnthologyRegis