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Track(s) taken from CDH55265

Ricercar per sonar a 8

A & G Gabrieli: Concerti … contenti musica di chiesa, madrigali, & altro, Venice, 1587

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Timothy Roberts (conductor)
Recording details: September 1999
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: July 2000
Total duration: 3 minutes 54 seconds


'Beautifully moulded ricercari and two prayerful motets are woven around Gabrieli's sumptuous Mass as Roberts and his forces evoke 16th-century Venice in timbres that glow like the golden mosaics of San Marco itself … Andrea Gabrieli has been overshadowed by Giovanni. This disc confirms his craftsmanship as composer' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This reissue is most welcome … this is a fine performance, with voices and instruments making fine music on an equal basis' (Early Music Review)

'A welcome addition to the catalog … excellent playing of His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts―their contributions to the program are uniformly brilliant. Makes me want to hear more' (Goldberg)

'The beautifully soaring solo voices are beatifully complimented by the nimble cornetts and rich sackbuts, while deft ornamentation characterises the vocal lines, and the instrumental consorts and organ works which punctuate the programme. This CD perfectly captures the gravity and magnificence of this fine music and shines a deserved spotlight on the work of perhaps the less familiar Gabrieli' (Early Music Forum of Scotland News, Scotland)

'Andrea Gabrieli wrote some of the most luminous and graceful religious and instrumental music of the sixteenth century, and this very nice collection―which includes the complete mass indicated in the title, its sections interspersed with brass ricercars and the occasional motet―shows him at his best' (CD Hotlist, USA)

'The compositions selected here are uniformly lovely: florid and ornately decorated … these are velvety readings' (Classics Today)
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