Album: Giovanni Gabrieli, Canzoni per Sonare (SFZ)

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Alessandro Raverii's 1608 anthology of canzonas "con ogni sorte di stromenti" lives up to its name.

Here are works by the leading living composers of Venice (Gabrieli and Gioseffo Guami), the greatest of the recently dead (Luzzaschi), and the brightest young talents (Frescobaldi). From the duelling cornetts in Gabrieli's Canzon Seconda, to the prim lute choir dialogue of Lappi's Canzon La Negrona and Grillo's scintillating Capriccio à 4 for strings and harpsichord, this is an attractive, highly varied programme.