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Canzon primi toni a 10, C176

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1597; No 7 of Sacrae Symphoniae

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
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Recording details: May 2012
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: November 2012
Total duration: 3 minutes 15 seconds

Cover artwork: The Transfiguration (1594/5, detail) by Lodovico Carracci (1555-1619)
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna / Alinari / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Reviews

'This recital focuses on the Sacrae Symphoniae that represent his output at its most varied … when Ex Cathedra sing as a choir, as in the extended Litany, even Gabrieli's most staid oratory communicates with fervour' (Gramophone)

'There's great variety among the wonderful split-chorus effects, the hypnotic chordal intonations and the lovely spicy harmonic clashes … in the final piece, Exultent iam angelica … the performers marvellously project the power, glory and praise of this music' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore, matched by the pungent colours of the period instruments, enunciates the words with crisp clarity, singing with fluency and relishing the sumptuous soundscapes that Gabrieli envisaged. Emotional sensitivity and reverence are harnessed as well, notably in the eight-part Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis, where Gabrieli’s ingenuity in finding different solutions for the repetitive 'ora pro nobis' highlights an inspired creativity that this disc illustrates in abundance' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Warmth and opulence permeate every pore of this deeply attractive and strangely compelling recording … this disc reveals an exceptionally high level of both accomplishment and expertise, and if a single track had to be singled out to show just how at ease the singers are in this repertoire, I would point straight to the magnificent Magnificat, which positively crackles with high-voltage intensity as the music passes rapidly between the three choirs. Again, excellent solo voices emerge from the texture with a wholly natural ease, while Skidmore drives it along with considerable verve and energy … this is altogether a superb release, which, while serving the cause of Gabrieli admirably, also reveals the best in British-based Early Music performing' (International Record Review)

'Jeffrey Skidmore's Ex Cathedra is an excellent choice … all three ensembles perform at a very high technical level, whether in massed groups or solos; stylistically well matched, and expertly led … Hyperion's recording team deserves a round of applause of their own for creating the perfect sound for all this … highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)
A similar mood is evident in this second work in the 1st mode, whose initial theme (the opening bars are identical to those of one of Gabrieli’s organ canzonas) closely resembles that of its companion. Here, though, the scoring is not for separate choirs, but for an ensemble of ten equal parts. No instrumentation is specified; we have allocated pairs of cornetts, violins, alto cornetts and bass sackbuts, and a coupling of alto and tenor sackbut, each pair being separated, right and left, for clarity.

The canzona starts seriously, but leads through a madrigalian succession of contrasted, though related, melodies, each section rounded off by a clear cadence. The texture varies kaleidoscopically, the mid-point marked by a strikingly simple phrase in four-part harmony. A straightforward tripla, heard twice, leads into the closing canonic ‘Amen’.

from notes by Timothy Roberts 1997

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Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
CDA66908