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A Venetian Christmas / McCreesh, Gabrieli Players


Release Date: 09/03/2001 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 471333   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni GabrieliAnonymousCypriano de RoreTimothy Roberts
Performer:  Timothy RobertsCharles PottRobert EvansCharles Humphries,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli ConsortGabrieli Players
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Here's another of Paul McCreesh's "as it might have been" reconstructions, this time of the First Mass of Christmas in Venice's St. Mark's church "around 1600". McCreesh's customary focus on bringing to life the pomp and ceremony of a huge celebratory occasion offers huge rewards for the listener as musicology, the finest performing forces, and first-rate sound engineering combine to deliver a bold and beautiful "you are there" experience. The whole thing centers around Cipriano de Rore's seven-part mass Praeter rerum seriem, a parody on a six-part motet by Josquin. It's a gorgeous setting, and McCreesh's vocal ensemble really digs into the emotional and spiritual heart
Read more of this music. The Sanctus and Agnus Dei are particularly affecting, but the entire mass has a rich textural voluptuousness and structural grandeur that certainly would be enough to make any music lover glad to attend church the day that mass was sung! The rest of the program features music by Giovanni Gabrieli, including some terrific instrumental pieces that literally fill the room with the richly resonant sound of cornetts, sackbuts, and organ, played with impressive clarity and virtuoso style by members of the Gabrieli Players.


As for the singers, at several points I felt that I could be listening to a Tallis Scholars recording--the tone quality and particularities of expression and ensemble are very similar. Not surprisingly, when I looked at the list of performers several Tallis Scholars names appeared--and I mention this only to inform those listeners who know and love that fine early music ensemble that they certainly will enjoy what they hear on this recording. The choral sound is largely affected by the absence of sopranos and the presence of male altos as the highest voice part, which imbues their music with a darker, mellower, reedier quality than we're used to in most mixed choir configurations. Although purists will be disappointed that the recording wasn't actually made in St. Mark's, the acoustics of England's Brinkburn Priory in Northumberland prove an amazingly suitable substitute. The concluding Quem vidistis pastores by Gabrieli (in an arrangement by H. Keyte for voices and instruments) is stunning. I haven't always been impressed with McCreesh's projects--but don't miss this one.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Intonationi d'organo: Del undicesimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 0 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Audite principes by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Charles Pott (Baritone), Robert Evans (Baritone), Charles Humphries (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Dominus vobiscum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Haec dicit Dominus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon noni toni a 12, C 184 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Salvator noster hodie dilectissimi natus est a 15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Charles Pott (Baritone), Robert Evans (Baritone),
Rodrigo Del Pozo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Per omnia saecula saeculorum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
O Jesu me dulcissime by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Pater noster by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C 179 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11.
Dominus vobiscum - Humiliate vos ad benedictionem by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Introit by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Missa "Praeter rerum seriem" by Cypriano de Rore
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1546-1559; Ferrara, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 30 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: The movements of the Mass are insterspersed with other works on this disc. 
14.
Epistle of St. Paul to Titus "Boene genz" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Dominus vobiscum - In illo tempore by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Intonationi d'organo: Del settimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 0 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
Toccata for Organ after Frescobaldi by Timothy Roberts
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
18.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Quem vidistis pastores a 14 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Brinkburn Priory, Weldon, Northumberland 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Hugh Keyte 

Featured Sound Samples

Audite principes (Gabrieli)
Missa "Praeter rerum seriem" (de Rore): Credo
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 (Gabrieli): Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C 179

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent Renaissance Performance July 19, 2013 By clifton b. (Baltimore, MD) See All My Reviews "This is the second disc I've purchase from Mr. McCreesh featuring performances in historical context. This disc, like the other, is excellent. I enjoy the sense of Renaissance atmosphere. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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