Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was one of the most complete musicians of the Elizabethan era. He made talented contributions to every genre of vocal and instrumental music. In the domain of the fantasia for viols, he wrote for numerous combinations of between two and six instruments and elaborated endlessly inventive formal structures, in which traces of Italianism are by no means absent. L’Achéron offers us a wide selection from this repertory, which it has recorded on viols based on early seventeenth-century English.
The long, intricate lines of Gibbons’s sumptuous music for viols are stunningly rendered. The playing is alive to subtle phrasings and imitative counterpoint. — BBC Music Magazine, February 2018
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