Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli

The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli

by Chicago Symphony Brass
     
 

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Giovanni Gabrieli's music gives the concept of "surround sound" a whole new meaning. Organist at St. Mark's in Venice in the late 16th century, he wrote many works with the special acoustics of this great cathedral in mind. Instrumental ensembles and vocal groups were placed in different parts of the edifice, and Gabrieli created a

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Giovanni Gabrieli's music gives the concept of "surround sound" a whole new meaning. Organist at St. Mark's in Venice in the late 16th century, he wrote many works with the special acoustics of this great cathedral in mind. Instrumental ensembles and vocal groups were placed in different parts of the edifice, and Gabrieli created a host of amazing echo effects that the listener would experience from all sides. He is most famous for his brass music, and when you hear this recording, you'll know why. The sonic splendor of these pieces is astonishing, even on a recording. Of course, when you've gathered brass players from America's top orchestras to let loose, should you expect anything less?

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All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
This generous CD is a welcome re-issue of two albums from 1968 and 1959 of brass ensemble, solo organ, and brass with organ music. 25 selections from the music of Giovanni Gabrieli and for comparison 7 works by Girolamo Frescobaldi are offered. The brass ensemble works are played by various combinations of the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago Brass Ensembles. The Boston Brass Ensemble and Cleveland Brass Ensemble accompany the works for organ and brass, with the organ played by E. Power Biggs. Some of the highlights of the collection are the "Canzon à 12 in echo" which requires all three brass ensembles who usually echo only the last part of a melodic statement rather than imitate the full line; the incredible interweavings of the "Canzon à 12"; the sombre meditations of the "Sonata pian' e forte"; the joyful forward-rushing lines and magnificence of the "Canzon per sonare no. 2"; the Frescobaldi "Toccata in D minor" with its extraordinary improvisations over long pedal tones, and the "Toccata in G major" with its unusual melodies and variations. Needless to say, all the performanes are top notch with great verve, intonation skill, and clarity of ensemble articulation.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/1996
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646235324
catalogNumber:
62353
Rank:
14543

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Tracks

  1. Intonazione del primo tono, for organ  (00:23)
  2. Intonazione del secondo tono, for organ  (00:26)

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