Orlando Gibbons- Almighty and Everlasting God
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
Bill Ives director
Album: With a merrie Noyse, Second Service and Anthems
Sir James Galway has said that Gibbons’s music is sad. Certainly Orlando Gibbons was a master of the darker emotions. However his emotional range is extensive and in Almighty and Everlasting God we hear, experience and feel some of the deep love, awe and magnificence of the mind of one of England’s greatest composers.
Originally published in 1641 the text comes from the collect for the Third Sunday after Epiphany
Almighty and everlasting God,
mercifully look upon our infirmities,
and in all our dangers and necessities
stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.