1615 Gabrieli in Venice

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Directed by Stephen Cleobury Released 30 October 2015 CD/SACD hybrid & Blu-ray

This recording pays homage to one of the most influential musicians of the Venetian Renaissance from within one of the great buildings of the English Renaissance. Much of Giovanni Gabrieli’s music was composed for grand ceremonial occasions. 2015 marked not just the 400th anniversary of the publication of this collection of works from 1615, but also the 500th anniversary of the completion of King’s College Chapel. The Choir celebrates these anniversaries with the first classical album ever to use Dolby’s new Atmos technology to reproduce the acoustics of the Chapel with unprecedented realism. As well as being principal organist at St Mark’s Basilica, Gabrieli was a prolific composer of sacred vocal and instrumental music. The early brass ensembles for which Gabrieli composed are no longer to be found performing in St Mark’s Basilica, but this tradition is alive and well in Cambridge: the Choir is joined by His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts playing faithful recreations of instruments from Gabrieli’s time. This recording is released in a two-disc package containing both CD/SACD hybrid and Pure Audio Blu-ray formats. ***** – HRAudio.com ***** – Stereophile Magazine “Pristine” – The Guardian Essential New Release – The Sunday Times

 

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