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Gabrieli for Brass
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1. Canzon per sonar septimi et octavi toni a 12
2. Sonata octavi toni
3. Sonata pian'e forte
4. Kyrie eleison
5. Jubialate Deo
6. Gloria: Et in terra pax
7. Domine labia mea aperies
9. Jubilate Deo
11. Cum rides mihi
12. Data est de lachrymis mihi voluptas
13. Santus VI: Hosanna in excelsis
14. Agnus Dei
15. Sonata XIII
16. Hodie completi sunt
17. Canzon No.28
18. E questa vita
19. Canzon in echo duodecimi toni
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on August 5, 2005
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
The technical playing and recording is OK. The interpretation is way off sounding as if no effort was spared to make this sound like it was written by a collaboration between Mahler, Wagner, and Brahms ... or something like that. The result is over-interpreted playing, often ponderous and lacking in snap and rhythmic drive. There are inappropriate ritardandos and attempts at lovely legato and sweet sections. The attempt to simulate the echo parts by having a subset of the group -- who are still in the same proximity to the microphones as everybody else -- play quietly doesn't work for me. Rather than an echo group who are still contributing to the rhythmic drive, it just sounds like a few guys playing quietly in such a way as to suck the life out of the piece. The 3-CD set of Gabrielli on Naxos is vastly superior.
on September 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Reading the reviews of most of the Gabrieli brass recordings, there seems to be a war underway between the historical instrument purists and listeners who don't mind hearing Gabrieli on modern instruments. For the purists, this is not a recording they will enjoy, which seems totally strange to someone like me, who enjoys any well-played music. Here we have the Canadian Brass with special guest musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic brass sections. About half the selections are well-known Gabrieli favorites, while CB keeps its promise to record some lesser-known works. Elmer Iseler conducts. The result is one of the best modern Gabrieli recordings available, on par with the Empire Brass recording on Telarc with Boston-area brass players. The Canadian players tend to cover the parts that work well with their lighter touch, including most piccolo trumpet parts, while the orchestral players provide the power. While New York's brass section hasn't quite settled into a unified concept, Philadelphia's brass have been playing as a team for years. The overall sound here is very solid, the intonation impeccable, and Iseler's interpretations perfect for modern instruments. Most impressive is the dynamic spread, with whisper-quiet soft passages and overwhelmingly powerful (though never rough) climaxes. If you're truly serious about understanding Gabrieli, hearing historical instruments in this music will be wortwhile, but modern performances like these are absolutely worthwhile, and this one is hard to beat. Enjoy.
on March 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was my first introduction to the music of Giovanni Gabrieli, and I have always been quite pleased with this set of pieces. A previous reviewer remarked that this might as well have been written by Mahler or Brahms, but I think that there is great value in having multiple interpretations of the same pieces of music. Certainly I wouldn't expect these recordings to sound as they were originally meant to sound (firstly, because items like valved french horns, tubas, and trombones didn't exist in Gabrieli's day), but I have enjoyed their nice, full sound. This is firstly a "Canadian Brass" album, and second a collection of Gabrieli and his friends. I encourage this purchase, and expect any buyer would enjoy the same.
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