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Andrea Gabrieli: Missa Dominicalis / Pierpaolo Turetta


Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802100  
Composer:  Andrea Gabrieli
Performer:  Pierpaolo Turetta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here’s a vibrantly composed, performed and recorded example of a now largely forgotten genre, the organ mass. Not an accompanied setting of the Ordinary Mass liturgy but one which is played, wordlessly, on an organ – or, as in this case, where the organ alternates with a few portions of the text which are sung. The genre as a whole was rendered a museum piece by a late-19th-century interdict from Pope Leo XI, but it can still be heard occasionally in liturgical contexts, and of course on recordings. This Catalogue CD release makes a splendidly festive way to mark Newton Classics’s centenary of issues.

J.S. Bach’s Clavier-U?bung III is a consciously compendious example of the North-European, Protestant flavour of Organ Mass,
Read more but the genre originates in Italy, and Andrea Gabrieli, uncle of the more famous (but not more talented) Giovanni was an early proponent of the genre as both composer and performer, using to full advantage his position from 1566 as titular organist at St Mark’s in Venice. The building itself, as one can hear from this recording, is perfectly matched to the bursts of celebratory energy and penitential contemplation that echo around its towers and balconies in music inspired by the specific expression and dogma of each phrase of the text: a more short-breathed but also colourfully Italianate approach than the high-school, low-Church seriousness of Clavier-U?bung III.

Newton Classics’s 100th release: includes a full catalogue in a separate booklet
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Works on This Recording

1. Missa dominicalis by Andrea Gabrieli
Performer:  Pierpaolo Turetta (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 

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