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Return of the Bucintoro on Ascension Day by Antonio Canaletto (1697-1768)
Aldo Crespi Collection, Milan / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDD22072
Recording details: February 1998
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: July 1998
Total duration: 6 minutes 35 seconds

'An exceptional recorded event. Ravishing music. A very fine achievement all round' (Gramophone)

'The music is glorious, the performances exemplary, the sense of occasion overwhelming … another marvellous concept from Robert King and his redoubtable consort, here breathtakingly recreating the celebrations which would have taken place on Ascension Day circa 1600. Glitteringly recorded and a superb booklet' (The Sunday Times)

'Glorious music, gloriously performed' (Classic CD)

'The most spectacular and sonorous recording of recent months' (Contemporary Review)

Cantiam di Dio
madrigal a 12; 1590; Dialoghi musicali de diversi eccelentissimi autori, Venice
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisItaliano
Andrea Gabrieli’s splendid twelve-part madrigal Cantiam di Dio is a large-scale work of considerable grandeur, predominantly homophonic in texture throughout its two sections, and containing luxurious tuttis with all twelve voices and instruments; it praises God for creating heaven, earth and, of course, the sea.

from notes by Robert King © 1998

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