"First, and foremost, these discs encompass a considerable undertaking. Nearly 4 hours of music, covering some 2/3 of Gibbs' entire song output, and representing not just a significant recording achievement but a musicological one too."
"...a very pleasant.. attractive series of songs, sensitively realised by Charlotte de Rothschild, Nathan Vale and Adrian Farmer."
"...de Rothschild's silvery soprano and Vale's light vibrato make for a relaxed yet not superficial recital, which I am sure will give much pleasure."
C. Armstrong Gibbs - 4CD Set
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (he disliked the name Cecil so was known as Armstrong) was a prolific and versatile composer of the first half of the twentieth century. He studied under Sir Adrian Boult and Ralph Vaughan Williams. His contemporaries were Herbert Howells, Sir Arthur Bliss and Sir Arnold Bax. Known principally for his solo songs Gibbs also wrote music for the stage, sacred works, three symphonies and a substantial amount of chamber music. He gained wide recognition during the early part of his life. He continued to compose and conduct up until his death in May 1960.
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