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This review is from: A New Venetian Coronation, 1595 (Gramophone Award Winner 2013 - Early Music Catagory) (Audio CD)
For me, this is a recording with mixed fortunes. And I say that with a heavy heart as the Gabrieli have, down the years, given us some outstanding recordings.
The instrumental playing has improved from what was an extremely high standard before. The cornet playing in particular is sublime.
However, the singing is for me no better than the previous one and dare I say it, is probably not as good. Take for example, the very first opening piece for singers, or to be more precise, singer. It starts with the Kyrie but for some inexplicable reason we only hear "kyrie" some of the time. At others, it is "yrie". For me, this is pretty basic stuff for any choir, let alone a professional one. Words do matter. How was it missed in the production process? In other areas, I do not believe the singers were that convincing.
The singers do redeem themselves in other pieces (the motets work particularly well with one to a part for instance). But, this is not the choir with stunning (and then, budding) soloists such as Charles Daniels and David Hurley. Whether it was luck to have secured such a choir then I don't know. But my view is that music has not been so well served from the singers in this one.