Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday music spot: "This is the record of John" by Orlando Gibbons

On the day when the church celebrates the birth of John the Baptist this is one of two particularly wonderful pieces of music about him.

(The other is the recit. and aria "Comfort ye" and "Every Valley shall be exalted" from Handel's Messiah. Handel set to music in those works the passage from Isaiah to which John referred when he was asked who explain who he was. in the passage from the Gospels which Gibbons set to music in this anthem.)

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