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In Dulci Jubilo - Polychoral Music From Venice & Germany


Release Date: 09/17/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 63301  
Composer:  Samuel ScheidtGiovanni GabrieliMichael Praetorius
Performer:  Jonathan ImpettMichael HarrisonWilliam KendallAshley Alexander-Cooper,   ... 
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours 54 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gabrieli's O magnum mysterium, with its magical opening, evokes a sense of awe. This is a beautifully tailored and felt account of a masterpiece.

Comparison is always instructive, and one thing to emerge clearly from this new record is how much finer Schatz is as a composer than Scheidt. It is almost as though the sense of scale has been powerfully felt by the performers too, for the opening pieces are comparatively flat in pres entation. In Scheidt's setting of that old German favourite In dulci jubilo (the tune is aggressively punched out in a rather too obvious fashion), the trebles are prominent enough, and there is some brilliant passage-work from the trumpet players, but the bass vocal line is not sufficiently
Read more defined to carry the music along. There is much greater firmness in the choral sections of Wie schOn leuchtet der Morgenstern, but it is the solo singing here that seems a little tired. The trebles are nicely in tune if lacking in tonal edge, and the lines could have been generally enlivened with some discreet embellishment. It is only with the two Schiitz pieces that this recording really finds its feet, and the account of Hodie Christus natus est is particularly fine; well-balanced, and with a good sense of rhythmic drive.

The Venetian parentage of the style comes through very strongly in a piece like Hodie Christus, and the choir is at its best on the second side with its four pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli. Even if the sense of ensemble is sometimes marred by the ugly projection of a single line, the general consequence of rich sonorities combined with precision is some impressive performances. Martin Neary has a good sense of tempo for these works, though the purest of purists will no doubt be irritated by the tendency to slow down towards cadences even in a markedly sectional piece. With the exception of O magnum mysterium, all the Gabrieli motets are performed with instruments, which makes the exception itself, with its magical opening intended to evoke a sense of awe, all the more telling. This is a beautifully tailored and felt account of a masterpiece, and is alone worth the price of the record.

-- Gramophone [3/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
In dulci jubilo by Samuel Scheidt
Performer:  Jonathan Impett (Natural Trumpet), Michael Harrison (Natural Trumpet)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Halle, Germany 
2.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Samuel Scheidt
Performer:  William Kendall (Tenor), Ashley Alexander-Cooper (Boy Soprano), Lawrence Dauncey (Boy Soprano),
Colin Hick (Tenor), Allan Mottram (Bass)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Germany 
3.
Canzon super Cantionem gallicam by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Hodie Christus natus est by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
Qui est iste by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
7.
Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
8.
O magnum mysterium by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1587; Italy 
9.
In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
10.
Magnificat by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
11.
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
12.
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 

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