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Gabrieli: Music For San Rocco / Mccreesh, Gabrieli Consort


Release Date: 11/19/1996 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 449180   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni GabrieliBartolomeo Barbarino
Performer:  Timothy RobertsRobert HornJulian PodgerCharles Pott,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli PlayersGabrieli Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The words ‘Venice’ and ‘splendour’ were simply made to go together and are certainly brought together in the latest recording by the Gabrieli Consort and Players entitled “Music for San Rocco”. The CD is dedicated to an exploration of the vocal and instrumental music of Giovanni Gabrieli, who composed many works for the Confraternity of San Rocco, with just a couple of contributions from the otherwise unknown Bartolomeo Barbarino. He was a virtuoso falsettist who is thought to have performed at the sumptuous feast of music held in honour of St Roch in 1608 of which a remarkably full eye-witness account survives among Coryats Crudities (1611).

Indeed, Paul McCreesh and his team of
Read more advisers have taken Thomas Coryat’s description of the 1608 festivities as the starting-point for this concert programme (the music described by Coryat may have formed part of a Vespers service – it’s not clear) which was performed – and videoed – in the magnificent Scuola Grande di San Rocco, famous for its sequence of paintings by Tintoretto. The visual sumptuousness of the interior of the Scuola is well captured on the video, although it suffers from the perennial problem of filmed concerts: a too-rapid sequence of camera shots. I’d much rather the camera lingered longer on the paintings without jumping every few seconds from a soloist’s profile to a sackbut player’s embouchure to a theorbist’s fingers. Nevertheless, the close-ups of the Tintorettos (identified in the booklet provided with the video) to the accompaniment of Gabrieli’s music are certainly an aesthetic feast which surely helps to recapture something of Coryat’s experience. (On the video, art historian Edwin Mullins eloquently adds his thoughts on Tintoretto, and Paul McCreesh justifies, against a lot of background tourist-type noises, the choice of music for his reconstruction of the event.) You will, I suspect, want to listen to the music on your CD player to get the best sound quality (even with a stereo television the results were disappointingly boxy), although it takes skilful manipulation of the remote control to synchronize the video and CD players.

The programme explores a wide range of works by Gabrieli, from the more intimate motets with organ accompaniment right through the spectrum to the extraordinary 33-part Magnificat reconstructed for the occasion by Hugh Keyte. The sheer magnificence of the sound of massed cornetts and sackbuts, blending so harmoniously with the voices, clearly struck Coryat, and is equally irresistible the best part of four centuries later. This is where the Gabrieli Consort and Players came in some years ago when one could only wonder at McCreesh’s logistical abilities in bringing together the required number of chamber organs and so on (“A Venetian Coronation, 1595”, Virgin Classics, 5/90).

The group have, of course, gone from strength to strength, and have explored a wide range of repertory, but they clearly retain a strong affinity with Gabrieli’s music. The singing and playing are quite superb, securely and compellingly flamboyant. It’s difficult to single out individuals from such a high-powered and well-integrated team, but I think I must mention David Hurley who sings the remarkable solo motets by Barbarino with great poise. The cornetts and sackbuts really come into their own in the purely instrumental items such as Gabrieli’s Sonata XVIII but their contribution throughout is vital to the success of the recording.

It is hard to imagine this fine recording of Gabrieli’s music being superseded for some time to come; the video is a luxurious, and very welcome, bonus. For the sheer splendour of the music, and the excellence of the performances, this recording is a must, a real five-star achievement.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata a 4, C237 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XIX a 15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Suscipe a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Robert Horn (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Charles Pott (Baritone),
Simon Grant (Bass), Richard Savage (Bass), Donald Greig (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon XIV a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Symphoniae sacrae, liber secundus: Buccinate in neomenia tuba, 19vv by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Julian Clarkson (Bass), Henry Wickham (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Written: pub 1615 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Intonationi d'organo: Del nono tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Domine, Deus meus by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor), Timothy Roberts (Organ), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Simon Grant (Bass), Charles Pott (Baritone), Steven Harrold (Tenor),
Robert Horn (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Audi, dulcis amica mea by Bartolomeo Barbarino
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Chitarrone), Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone), David Hurley (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Ardens est cor meum by Bartolomeo Barbarino
Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone), David Hurley (Countertenor), Fred Jacobs (Chitarrone)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1608; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Timor et Tremor by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ), Simon Grant (Bass), Charles Pott (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor), Henry Wickham (Baritone), Robert Horn (Tenor),
Donald Greig (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Intonationi d'organo: Del duodecimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
12.
Jubilate Deo a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Timothy Wilson (Countertenor), Donald Greig (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XVIII a 14 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
14.
Misericordia tua Domine by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor), Charles Pott (Baritone), Robert Horn (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XX a 22 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
16.
Magnificat a 33 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Julian Clarkson (Bass), Henry Wickham (Baritone), Robert Horn (Tenor),
David Hurley (Countertenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Hugh Keyte. 
17.
In Ecclesiis a 14, C. 78 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Donald Greig (Baritone), Charles Pott (Baritone), Timothy Wilson (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance  
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XXI con tre violoni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Chitarrone), Florian Deuter (Violin), Rachel Podger (Violin),
Anna McDonald (Violin), Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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