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A New Venetian Coronation 1595 / Mccreesh, Gabrieli Consort

Gabrielli Consort & Players / Mccreesh
Release Date: 06/19/2012 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 287  
Composer:  Hans Leo HasslerCesare BendinelliGiovanni GabrieliAndrea Gabrieli,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A NEW VENETIAN CORONATION, 1595 Paul McCreesh, cond; Gabrieli Consort & Players SIGNUM 287 (73:55 Text and Translation)


Music by GIOVANNI GABRIELI, ANDREA GABRIELI, HASSLER, BENDINELLI GUSSAGO


This is the second speculative album set during the late 16th/early 17th century in the Italian States to come across my desk in the last month, and the second as well that’s a rerelease. Like Read more style="font-style:italic">Lo spozalizio: The Wedding of Venice to the Sea on Hyperion Dyad 22072, it makes much of the artistic brilliance with which the powerful Venetian ruling class surrounded themselves and celebrated their city and its vast trading wealth. Like that King’s Consort album, too, the theme is stretched more than a bit in fitting music to occasion. St. Mark’s maestro di cappella in 1595 was Baldassare Donato whom, McCreesh states in his liner notes, was “a sound administrator, if a somewhat insipid composer.” (I would respectfully disagree. He didn’t continue the sacred tradition of his teacher, Willaert, but his lighter madrigals reveal both wit and an ear for memorable themes in the then-modern, popular manner.) Given how jealous of position and performance Donato was, however—his vicious fights earlier in his career with Cipriano de Rore were a scandal the Venetians repeatedly gossiped about—is it likely he would have chosen music for the coronation of a doge without including anything of himself? Or that nearly everything in the program would have been by the Gabrielis, to the exclusion of all else?


None of this of course is a reflection on the performances. Originally recorded in 1989 for Virgin Classics, the mix of clever programming and crisp execution hasn’t dimmed with the years. Nor has the leonine splendor deliberately invoked through the size and style of the forces involved. McCreesh employed 16 singers, from falsetto to bass, and 42 instrumentalists, mostly an oversized “loud” ensemble, to recreate this event. Shawms, sidedrums, organs, natural trumpets, several flavors of cornetts and sackbuts: What early-music conductor wouldn’t want to revel in such sounds?


The writing of the Gabrielis—paradoxically sober yet sumptuous—is invariably impressive, none more so than in the various Mass movements by Andrea Gabrieli. Interpolating organ solos, instrumentals for various broken and unbroken ensembles, and plainchant was both a nuanced decision, and a smart one from the standpoint of varied programming. So was the mix of sacred and secular, hardly peculiar to Venice, but artistically exemplified by La Serenissima during its years of greatest power. Andrea Gabrieli’s O sacrum convivium is the sweetest example here of the former, while Gussago’s Sonata la leona for two organs is a fine instance of the latter, strutting to an overtly popular style tune. The whole thing finishes off with Giovanni Gabrieli’s Omnes gentes , a celebratory motet that weaves counterpoint and homophony ingeniously, only to add in its final measures (on this record, at any rate) additional brass sonorities for as rousing a finish as could be imagined.


The sound is for the most part handled expertly, with excellent balance, and a superior level of clarity. The procession cut is poorly done, however. A mix of external noises (bells, crowds off in the distance, drums, fireworks) in a very resonant outdoor environment suddenly has a series of intradas and a trumpet sonata imposed on them, in a closely miked studio, and the mismatch is obvious. That aside, this remains a delight of a release. Strongly recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Intrada no 3 by Hans Leo Hassler
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
2.
Intrada no 6 by Hans Leo Hassler
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
3.
Intrada no 7 by Hans Leo Hassler
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
4.
Sonata no 333 by Cesare Bendinelli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597 
5.
Toccata del secondo tono for Organ, C 236 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
6.
Toccata no 26 by Cesare Bendinelli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
7.
Intonationi d'organo: Del primo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Venice, Italy 
8.
Kyrie a 5 by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
9.
Kyrie a 12 by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
10.
Gloria a 16 by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
11.
Christe à 8 by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
12.
Canzon a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
13.
Intonationi d'organo: Del settimo tono by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Venice, Italy 
14.
Deus qui beatum Marcum by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Italy 
15.
Sanctus and Benedictus a 12 by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
16.
Sarasinetta no 2 by Cesare Bendinelli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
17.
Canzon a 15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
18.
Pater noster by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
19.
Agnus Dei by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
20.
Intonationi d'organo: Del quinto tono trasportado alla quarta bassa by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
21.
O sacrum convivium by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1565; Italy 
22.
Canzon a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
23.
Sonate con alcuni concerti con le sue sinfonie...ad lib: Sonata for 2 instrumental choirs "La leona" by Cesario Gussago
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1608; Italy 
24.
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Good, but not as good as the first one. February 19, 2013 By roger horn (Clarion, PA) See All My Reviews "The first of these coronation reconstruction was a powerful musican experience for me and I have returned to it many and many a time. I don't think I'll be coming back to this one as often at all. It is very good though not at all as stirring." Report Abuse
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