Thomas Tomkins

When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain, for 5 voices

    Description by Brian Robins

    One of the major composers of music for the Anglican church during the seventeenth century, Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) was a master of the verse anthem, a form alternating sections for one or more soloists with full choral writing. However, When David Heard, one of Tomkins' masterpieces, falls into the category of full anthem. Scored in five parts (mean, or treble, two altos, tenor, and bass), it was published in Tomkins' Songs (1622), a volume that bears a dedication to his master, William Byrd. The text is the well-known story of David's grief at the death of his son Absalom as related in 2 Samuel 18:33. Tomkins' madrigalian setting falls into two sections, the first narrative, the second a profound exposition on the words "O my son Absalom, would God I had died for thee," the anguish building to the last searing outburst.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Hyperion CDA 68256
    2016 Carus CARUS 201699
    2016 Divine Art DDA 25004
    2016 Harmonia Mundi HMU 907654
    2015 Regent REGCD 441
    2015 Resonus Classics RSN 10146
    2015 Coro 16134
    2014 Chaconne / Chandos CHAN 0804
    2013 Gimell CDGIM 212
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMU 807554
    2011 Decca
    2011 Brilliant Classics 9234
    2010 Signum Classics 210
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94032
    2009 Vanguard Classics 196
    2007 Gimell 403
    2007 Warner Classics
    2007 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 0946394430
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 Obsidian Records 702
    2006 Griffin 4053
    2006 Brilliant 99452
    2005 Dal Segno 600
    2005 Decca 000453102
    2004 Universal Distribution 9868054
    2002 Chandos CHAN0680
    2002 Gimell 24
    2001 Priory Records 750
    2001 Hungaroton 31514
    2001 Hyperion CDH55066
    2000 Gothic Records 49115
    1999 Naxos 553794
    1999 Gimell 454924
    1998 Vanguard 2000
    1997 Columns 555012
    1996 Herald Records 187
    1996 Conifer 16071
    1995 Collegium Records 302
    1995 Guild 7115
    1991 Collegium Records 113
    1990 Hyperion CDA66345
    Quire of Voyces 004
    Da Chiesa
    Brilliant Classics 997973
    Brilliant 99454
    Brilliant Classics 93775
    Paula Records 92
    Pan 5104
    Edipan 5104