'Gibbons and the New', at St Scholastica's, featured all 6 viols together (apparently a rare thing). They performed Orlando Gibbons's six-part viol set of six Fantasias. The work of Gibbons, a 17th century English composer, is rarely heard in contemporary circles and I must agree with Director Brooke Green's lament that this is the case. His music is clever and complex, rolling from one emotion to another: sadness, then nostalgia, then joy.
I was most partial to his Fantasia No.3, Fantasia No.4 and Pavan and Galliard (in 6 parts). The music was captivating, resonating with a time long gone. The harmonies, for me at least, evoked images of churches, castles and large, empty dining halls. The musicians played with such precision, an impressive feat considering that Pavan and Galliard jumps between duple and triple time!