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This review is from: A New Venetian Coronation, 1595 (Gramophone Award Winner 2013 - Early Music Catagory) (Audio CD)
This new version of the work that made the Gabrieli and Paul McCreesh so famous is different from that pioneering version in a number of ways. The opening really invokes the carnival atmosphere of the election of a popular Doge complete with the ringing of bells and crackle of fireworks. The smaller forces make for a clearer and more intimate feel appropriate to an area which was a relatively compact and compartmentalised private chapel. The virtuosity is as we would expect of this renowned group and at times the playing is just spine-tingling in its virtuosity. Yet there is also a spaciousness that enhances the solemnity of the occasion. As the Times said after an earlier live performance: "May the Gabrieli live forever in glory!"