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  • Performer: Emma Kirkby, Catherine King, Charles Daniels, Donald Greig, Richard Wistreich, et al.
  • Composer: Thomas Tomkins
  • Audio CD (6 May 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B0000926RH
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Lord, lett me knowe myne end
2. Fantasia
3. Pavan
4. Galliard
5. Fantasia
6. In Nomine
7. Ut re mi fa sol la
8. Sing Unto God
9. Pavan
10. Alman
11. Above the starrs my saviour dwells
12. Fantasia
13. Pavan
14. Woe Is Me
15. In Nomine
16. Fantasia
17. Thou Art My King
18. Fantasia
19. Fantasia
20. Rejoice, rejoice and singe

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By Julian Hughes on 13 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is as good as you'd hope after reading the list of players and singers. I found the performances really enjoyable. A previous reviewer objected to the vibrato of some of the singers, but I didn't find anything to complain about. It's not as though any of them are warbling like an over stimulated opera singer, and in any case nobody knows for sure exactly how these songs were sung, or were expected to be sung, 350 years ago; every performance we hear is an interpretation. There is a fantastic Naxos CD Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices/Keyboard Music where you can hear many of the same pieces played and sung in quite a different style, and it's at least as brilliant. This album, Above the Starrs, is beautifully recorded and produced with sound quality beyond reproach. The booklet is comprehensive and includes the songs in English, German and French.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is great music superbly played. Unfortunately, with the exception of Catherine King, the singers are dreadfully prissy and affected - except for the bass, who just sounds downright bored most of the time. As usual the whole thing is fuzzed up with too much vibrato, with the result that the viols and the vocals belong in different universes. Those expecting the magic of the young Emma Kirkby will be disappointed. In the purely instrumental pieces, those expecting the magic of fretwork will not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good, but could have been better 19 May 2008
By scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc of Tomkins features some of my favourite performers, and I thought they would really dig into this music, but it didn't quite meet my expectations. Fretwork can't be faulted, and they play the consort pieces very well. It is nice to have more of these fantasias recorded. I was expecting great things from the singers, what with some of the best there are included (Kirkby, King, Daniels, Wistreich). The sound they make is very good, individually and together, but it comes off sounding a bit too gentle for my taste. The tempos tend to be a little on the slow side, and the sound isn't as close as I like.

For a comparison, have a listen to the Tomkins disc with Red Byrd and the Rose Consort of Viols on Naxos. They possess an energy and drive that is somewhat lacking in this disc. There is a fair amount of overlap between the two, so unless you need both, I would opt for the Naxos one. That being said, I don't regret buying this, for it is good, but it could have been just a bit more engaging.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
buy it for the instrumental tracks 18 July 2007
By richtrophicherbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This would get five stars if it was shorter - in other words, without the vocal items.
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