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Early Music - Gabrieli: Music For Brass Vol 3 / Crees, Et Al


Release Date: 03/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  John Alley
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hearing Gabrieli's music live is a uniquely transporting aural experience. A recent Pittsburgh Symphony Concert conducted by Mariss Jansons featured three brass choirs placed on the stage and in the left and right balconies, creating marvelous spatial effects. It occurred to me that this would be the perfect music to demonstrate the surround sound capabilities of SACD and DVD Audio. While this new Naxos recording utilizes neither of those technologies, it's pretty impressive on its own, presenting Gabrieli's antiphonal constructions in vivid, three dimensional sound, recorded in London's All Hallows Church. Volume 3 begins with the Canzona in Echo Duodecimi Toni a 10 (1597), which uses two five-part choirs to create some marvelously Read more imaginative echo effects (a favorite device of baroque composers).


Canzona X of 1615 is one of the more extensive works in this collection, full of spectacular flourishes and elaborate polyphonic passages. Spectacular in another way is the minor mode Canzona Quarti Toni, with its challenging writing for 15 voices in three choirs (mostly in the alto and bass registers). All 13 selections receive splendid performances by the London Symphony Orchestra Brass, a truly world-class ensemble that plays with ringing tone, beautifully blended sonority, and immaculate clarity. Eric Crees, who prepared new editions of Gabrieli's works for this series, conducts with scholarly authority, sparked by evangelical fervor. If you avoided all those "hip" brass ensemble discs in the 80s and 90s, give this a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon XV a 10, C 208 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
2.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon I a 5 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzona quarti toni a 15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
4.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon septimi toni a 8, C 172 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
5.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon duodecimi toni a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
6.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon X a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon IV a 6, C 189 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
8.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XX a 22 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  John Alley (Organ)
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
9.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon duodecimi toni a 10 (C3554) by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
10.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon duodecimi Toni a 10 (C3555) by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
11.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon primi toni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
12.
Canzoni (6), 1608: Canzon a 4, C 186 "La Spiritata" by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
13.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XXI con tre violoni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon in echo duodecimi toni I a 10: Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10
Canzoni et sonate: Canzon XV
Canzoni et sonate: Canzon I
Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon duodecimi toni II a 10: Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon duodecimi toni No. 2 a 10
Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon quarti toni a 15
Canzon No. 4 a 4: Canzon IV a 4
Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon septimi toni No. 1 a 8
Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon duodecimi toni a 8
Canzoni et sonate: Canzon X
Canzoni et sonate: Canzon IV
Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon primi toni a 10
Canzoni et sonate: Sonata XXI, "con tre violini"
Canzoni et sonate: Sonata XX

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