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Schutz: Christmas Story; Gabrieli: Motets / King's Consort


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55310   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützGiovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Michael GeorgeJohn Mark AinsleyRuth Holton
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Without intending to snub the King's Consort's reading of Schutz's Christmas Story, which is very good indeed, it has to be said that the most special performances on this record come after the main course, in the form of two mighty motets by Giovanni Gabrieli. The 15-voice Salvator noster, a polychromatic riot of massy chords and vocal fireworks, is frankly a revelation; I have never heard Gabrieli performed to such spectacular effect, with layer upon layer of sound streaming through the resonant spaces of the church in seamless, resplendent majesty. Quem vidistis pastores, allocated here to solo men's voices, brass and continuo, is barely less awesome in effect. It matters little that O magnum mysterium receives more perfunctory Read more treatment, and that Audite principes is a weaker composition than its partners. For Salvator noster and Quem vidistis alone this record is well worth having.

– Gramophone [12/1990], reviewing original release Hyperion 66398 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Historia, der freuden und gnadenreichen Geburth...Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi, SWV 435 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Michael George (Bass), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Ruth Holton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1664; Germany 
2.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Quem vidistis pastores a 14 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
3.
Audite principes by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1615; Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
4.
O magnum mysterium by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1587; Italy 
Language: Latin 
5.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Salvator noster hodie dilectissimi natus est a 15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 

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