Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was one of the most important and highly regarded musicians of his day, both as a performer on keyboard instruments and as a composer, particularly of polyphonic vocal music. Gibbons' polyphonic madrigal style is nearer to his instrumental fantasias, but several of the compositions would appear to be solo songs with viol accompaniment, e.g. The famous song "The Silver Swan". On this SACD you will hear the first recording of the complete "First Set of Madrigals und Mottets of 5 parts'. The ensemble "The Spirit of Gambo", led by Freek Borstlap, was glad to win the famous baroque soprano specialists Claron McFadden and Aleksandra Anisimowicz over to sing the upper vocal parts. With this recording the internationally recognized "The Spirit of Gambo" brings a world of forgotten sounds into life again. The exquisite tonal quality, the balance between instruments and the richness of musical content captivate any listener, giving them the feeling of being directly transported back in time and leaving them deeply rewarded. This very exciting Stockfisch production was recorded in the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem (NL), which is world famous for it's special acoustics. Therefore, the Gibbons sessions were recorded using a surround microphone setup in order to offer the CD-Hybrid-Layer (16bit) also, a DSD-stereo-mix and a 4.0 multichannel mix. The 28-page booklet contains very detailed information of early baroque music, the composer and historically informed performance. This Hybrid-SACD includes a 16bit hybrid layer and can therefore be played on any CD-Player! SACD Surround sound requires multi-channel SACD player and compatible surround sound system for playback.