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5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy is not just for Christmas it is a constant balm for the soul., 7 May 2012
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This review is from: Praetorius: Mass (Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning) /Gabrieli Consort & Players ∑ McCreesh (Audio CD)
If ever a man deserved a knighthood it is Paul McCreesh, any of the early music works to which he applies himself becomes ethereally transcendant and in this he is superlatively assisted by the magificent Gabrielli Consort and Players, paragons everyone.
Anything I could add to the words of previous reviewers would merely be gilding the lily, thus I can only add that this is not just for Christmas, this should be played at moments of great stress or melancholy, in fact at any time. I played this early on Easter morning and despite the greyness outside I felt a great glow within.
I have made this recording a part of a playlist on my iPod which, together with 'A Venetian Christmas', 'A Venetian Coronation' and 'Music for the Duke of Lerma' give a playing time of approximately five hours and forty minutes, enough time to cruise to West Sussex from oop north in a state of almost sublime grace, untroubled by snarling, gesticulating idiots in an assortment of maniacally driven conveyances. I know I have just done it, a round trip of 594 miles with a beatific smile upon my visage, and oh doesn't that upset the nutters on the M62; M1; and M25 ; ).

This is not just for novice monks/nuns; clergymen/priests; religious maniacs; Giralamo Savonarola or the like but for anyone with an ear for beautiful music.

It's a shame they can't give six stars.
G Gabrieli; de Rore: A Venetian Christmas /Gabrieli Consort & Players ∑ McCreesh
A Gabrieli; G Gabrieli: A Venetian Coronation 1595
Music for the Duke of Lerma /Gabrieli Consort ∑ McCreesh
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Initial post: 8 May 2012 07:07:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2012 07:09:38 BDT
Kona says:
Nice review, Captain. I know what you mean about the perfect music making a long road trip almost blissful. I enjoyed listening to the samples.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 09:07:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 May 2012 19:02:54 BDT
So glad you liked the music. I was obviously born half a millenium too late, how I would have loved to buckle my swash around the Spanish Main. Talking about road trips, I once drove the PCH from San Diego to San Francisco in a day with the accompaniment of 'Atlantis Angelis' by Patrick Bernhardt, and along I 15 to Las Vegas listening to 'Sacred Spirit' by Various Artists, very accomplished and prolific this Various Artists bloke ; ) I thought the music was perfect for the scenery.

Atlantis Angelis
Sacred Spirit Vol.1: Chants & Dances of the Native Americans

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 19:16:18 BDT
Kona says:
SD->SF on that highway in one day is one looong drive. You've probably seen a lot of the US that I haven't.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 21:55:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 May 2012 19:06:41 BDT
You get to see it every day though. It was a long drive but a wonderful road, I think I'm right in saying it was built in the mid 1930s as part of the 'New Deal'. It really is a sublime road especially the Big Sur section, or should I say El Pais Grande del Sur?
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