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Gabrieli: Music for San Rocco (1608) /Gabrieli Consort & Players · McCreesh

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  • Performer: Timothy Roberts
  • Orchestra: Gabrieli Consort, Gabrieli Players
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Composer: Giovanni Gabrieli, Bartolomeo Barbarino
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0000057FO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 12 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in San Rocco, Venice, this CD provides yet another platform for McCreesh to give us an idea of how a high renaissance festival may have sounded. Poly choral pieces are interleaved with sonatas and toccatas. The majority of the music is by Giovanni Gabrielli, but two beautiful pieces are included for solo alto by Barbarino, himself a infamous alto of the period. The standard of singing and playing is uniformly high, as is now the norm for this group. The disc ends spectacularly with a Magnificat in 33 parts, the icing on the cake is McCreesh indulging with SEVEN organs as well as brass / strings etc. When the disc ends you are left feeling you have just had a glorious insight into a more spectacular age.
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I bought this soon after its release and again recently as a gift. In 14 years the disc has lost none of its appeal. Sumptuous sound, polished playing and singing, just great music. The recording nicely captures the atmospheric setting.
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McCreesh and members of this marvellous ensemble provide sumptuous aural refreshment to ears used to 21st century instruments. Not only does this collection provide precise and beautiful ensemble and superbly balanced harmonic richness, it also transports the listener to a grand and bygone age.
This sets the world standard for authentic early music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giovanni Gabrieli: Music For San Rocco 1 Aug. 2005
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am huge fan of music from this time period and I have listened to countless composers that are able to create and compose stupendous and astounding music. Gabrieli is one those geniuses. Music for San Rocco is a splendid piece and I agree with Thomas Coryat whom wrote an amazing review at the time of when the piece was performed. Being a deeply devout Lutheran I love the lyrics and I love the message of the San Rocco celebrations. Listening to it reminds one of being in Sunday mass and I love this since Sunday is my favorite day of the week. The book-let is well done with a short piece that scans the history of this splendid work and has the lyrics in several languages. I am huge fan of renaisance art and the cover art is absolutely gorgeous. I can not say enough good things or give it enough accolades. This is simply put it sublime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how you perform the music of Gabrieli! 5 Nov. 2003
By Steven Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is little I can add to what the other reviewers have said about this tremendous recording. The performances are very good, the tempi are well chosen and the instruments are the rights ones.
There are many excellent contributions from individuals - Robin Blaze is positively heroic in Buccinate in neomenia tuba. The three violins in Sonata XXI con tre violini play this music with great sensuality. The cornettists are all first rate and so are the sackbut players.
It all sounds very good and the music is wonderful.
Let's just hope that the video of this recording is issued on DVD soon! (Let DGG know you wan them to do this!)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabrieli, the original surround sound performer 3 July 2005
By Stephen J. Swellander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being only marginally acquainted with the music of Gabrieli and his period, I have little to add to comments already made. I must confess that two discs worth of 16th century liturgical music runs a little long for me. I'll focus instead on the sound of the SACD version.

This was one of my first SACD purchases, and I chose it because I knew that Gabrieli wrote for multiple choirs situated in different sections of the church, and figured that, if the engineers did their jobs right, this could be a stunning demonstration disc.

It is.

Gabrieli's music is a natural of mutichannel reproduction. In Timothy Roberts' opening organ toccata, the sense of space in this recording is uncanny. "In ecclesiis" envelops the listener with front and back chorus and soloists whose voices soar with a fullness that we can usually only experience in a real basilica. The only thing missing is the upper reverberation that you get in a real church. If your rear speakers are elevated like mine are (I had to work within the limitations of my room--doors and such!), you may get some of that sense.

If you are at all interested in the music of Gabrieli, this is the recording to get. If you are set up for multichannel sound with an SACD player, be sure to get it in that format. To hear it with the separation and sonic detail of San Rocco, brings this very old music alive. The music was reportedly composed for the larger Saint Mark's Cathedral, but for recording purposes San Rocco was deemed preferable. The church itself is a beautiful instrument and is hard to capture faithfully in just two channels.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Gabrieli Album, and McCreesh's Best, Too 27 Dec. 2001
By Timothy Dougal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Music for San Rocco" gives us a most generous collection of Gabrieli music(78 min.), beautifully performed and gorgeously recorded. The album as a whole is well paced, alternating the grand, the meditative and the purely instumental with intelligence and sensitivity. And the singing is always enthusiastic and downright rapturous!
For me, this is also McCreesh's best album because it is not a reconstruction. I have heard several of these discs, and the reconstructions of Mass or vesper services might be interesting to listen to once, or maybe even twice if you have never been ot a genuine Catholic service of this sort. But frankly, liturgies, and liturgical chants are not entertainment, and generally are purely functional rather than entertaining. If you want just the real music on these discs, you have to program out 20-25% of the selections! More music and less turgid liturgical history for me, Paul!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Second Choice 15 Oct. 2008
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This recording was made only a year before La Fenice's "Giovanni Gabrieli: In Festo Sanctissimae Trinitatis". Thus for one year it was probably the best CD of Gabrieli on the market. It's still an attractive performance, with some tracks that are luscious and a few that are lumpy. I'll try to explain why I prefer the sounds of La Fenice.

Like "In Festo S. Trinitatis", this performance is a composite of Gabrieli sonatas, toccatas, and Latin-texted motets, arranged as they might have been heard in the church of San Rocco in Venice, on the saint's feast day. This is surely the right concept for performing Gabrieli for modern listeners, combining solemn majesty with instrumental fireworks. Soloists Robert Harre-Jones, Robin Blaze, Donald Grieg, Charles Pott and others, familiar to Early Music fans, all live up to their reputations here, as do the cornettos and violins of Paul McCreesh's Gabrieli Players. But there lies the problem; this isn't particularly music for soloists. If anything, Paul McCreesh conducts these polychoral structures with too much attention to the "top lines" and high voices/instruments. The middle voices are heard as "supporting" and therefore not expressively independent. The whole "sound" is grand and resonant, but it's too symphonic. The balance is soprano-heavy, the tenor is flaccid in the more complex pieces, and the bass is stolid.

I'm making the recording sound less magnificent than it is. The CD by Jean Tubery and La Fenice is interpretatively better but this one is richly sonorous and highly enjoyable. To be second best in such a musical league is still awfully good.
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