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Lo Sposalizio - Giovanni & Andrea Gabrieli, Etc / King, King's Consort

King / King's Consort
Release Date: 04/10/2012 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 22072   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni GabrieliAndrea GabrieliClaudio MonteverdiLodovico da Viadana,   ... 
Performer:  William CarterDavid MillerLynda SayceJames O'Donnell
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LO SPOSALIZIO: The Wedding of Venice to the Sea Robert King, cond; King’s Consort; King’s Consort Ch HYPERION DYAD CDD22072 (2 CDs: 89:11 Text and Translation)


Music of G. GABRIELI, A. GABRIELI, GUSSAGO, GUAMI, VIADANA, MASSAINO, KAPSBERGER, MONTEVERDI, ANON


This is a rerelease of a Hyperion twofer recorded in 1998, but not seemingly reviewed in Fanfare at the time. It is Read more a concept album in spades: given that by the 16th century Venice had developed highly ritualized celebrations honoring San Nicolò, the sailors’ patron saint—and the overwhelming importance of the Adriatic to the city’s life—what would a person lucky enough to witness the festivities have heard? Fortunately we know many of the details of how these Ascension Day activities went, this wedding of the Serene Republic to the Adriatic Sea, followed by a magnificent Mass given in the Church of San Nicolò at Lidò. The music that accompanied these events has to be largely surmised, but Robert King has a lot of possibilities to draw from.


The first part, “The Procession and Journey Across the Lagoon,” is more fancifully derived. For example, would Giovanni Gabrieli’s eight-part madrigal Lleto godea sedundo have figured into a triumphal celebration of any sort, with its theme of happiness turned to despair because of being suddenly smitten with love? Just perhaps; but do we also need repeated drums and tolling bells, each on a separate cut and lasting roughly a minute or more? I find the second section, “The Solemn Mass Held in San Nicolò,” more musically apt, though we do get a couple of cuts of yet more undifferentiated bells. There’s a sumptuously grand Kyrie of Gabrieli on hand, the dark edifice of Massaino’s Canzon per otto trombone —eight sackbuts playing together, not a single intonational slip—and Monteverdi’s gripping Christe, adoramus te , both spare in effects and devastating in the perfection of all it attempts. I like the music of the Lagoon section, but the Mass portion of the program holds to its theme better.


Not that there’s any reason to complain about these performances. Robert King has this style down to perfection: the stately, imposing aural fabric, the clarity and beauty of the vocal and instrumental textures, the rhythmic variety and chiaroscuro of it all in juxtaposition.


At just under 90 minutes, it would be reasonable to complain about the program’s length, if it were not that Hyperion dyads are offered at special prices (depending upon source). Factor in the well-outlined program, full texts in original Latin or Italian and English, and instrumentation stated in full for each number. This is a winner, beyond doubt.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lieto godea by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1587; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Vieni Himeneo for 8 Voices by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1590; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Christe, adoramus te a 5 by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1620; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Sinfonie musicali, Op. 18: no 3, La Venetiana by Lodovico da Viadana
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1610; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Bell Toll by Anonymous
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Live  St. Mark's Church, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Drum processional by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Rotta by Girolamo Fantini
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
Canzon a 8 no 24 by Gioseffo Guami
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1608; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Kapsberger by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  William Carter (Guitar), David Miller (Chitarrone), Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
Cantiam di Dio by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Sento un rumor "Aria della Battaglia" by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12.
Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Romanesca variate by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  David Miller (Chitarrone), William Carter (Guitar), Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Bologna, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Sonate con alcuni concerti con le sue sinfonie...ad lib: Sonata for 2 instrumental choirs "La leona" by Cesario Gussago
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1608; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
14.
Udite, chiari et generosi by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Prima entrata imperiale by Girolamo Fantini
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
16.
Sonata Imperiale II: Intrada by Girolamo Fantini
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
17.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Kyrie a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18.
Gloria a 16 by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19.
Intonationi d'organo: Del settimo tono by Andrea Gabrieli
Performer:  James O'Donnell (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
20.
Canzona no 34 a 8 by Tiburtio Massaino
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
21.
Sursum corda by Anonymous
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Sanctus a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23.
Intonationi d'organo: Del primo tono by Andrea Gabrieli
Performer:  James O'Donnell (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
24.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XX a 22 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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