Album: Gabrieli Consort & Players, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Winged Lion)

 

Twenty-five years after A Venetian Coronation propelled the Gabrieli Consort to fame, Paul McCreesh offers a new reconstruction of the same event.

This is a more cinematic affair, frosted with ambient sound as the bells ring out from St Mark’s Basilica. Shawms join the arsenal of natural brass. Toccatas and intonazione from four organs describe the gilded chapels, while the mass is sung with solo voices and a suave consort of cornetts and sackbutts. Pitch perfect.

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