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G. Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae 1597 / His Majestys Sagbutts

Album Summary

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata quinti toni, for organ, C. S2
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata for organ, C. D16
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata for organ, C. D15
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata for organ, C. D13
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzoni et sonate (21)
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...The Sacrae symphoniae publication of 1597 is a mixed set of vocal and instrumental pieces and, in its grand design, preserves a glorious heyday of textural opulence...there are some glorious and magestic sounds here: you can fly to the buzzing Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, bathe in the fragrant harmonic mosaic of the three-choir Canzon quarti toni a 15 and relish elsewhere the peculiarly delicate and sweet sounds of HMSC...Recommended to a broad listenership." -JF-A, Gramophone

'This superb disc... is the very essence of La Serenissima. Masterly performances, alive with authentic detail' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Excellent. The playing is fluent and exhilarating. An excellent recording. The notes are exemplary' (Classic CD)

'L'ensemble anglais est aujourd'hui au sommet de son art' (Répertoire, France)

'Magnificent. The range of color, breadth and depth of sonority and the majestic nobility of the composer's conception are all revealed in a manner even the most expert of modern brass players could not possibly emulate. A superlative disc and a real credit to everyone involved' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Giovanni Gabrieli is arguably the earliest composer to write a significant body of instrumental music to a formula which can be said to be truly idiomatic and timelessly palatable. The Sacraesymphoniae publication of 1597 is a mixed set of vocal and instrumental pieces and, in its grand design, preserves a glorious heyday of textural opulence, intimate and playful dialogue between galleries and unashamedly ostentatious virtuosity.

His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts have augmented their chamber consort to form, as cornettist David Staff proudly proclaims, 'the largest group of cornett and sagbutt players to have been assembled from one city since the 17th century'. These wonderful 16 canzonas and sonatas make up the complete instrumental music of the 1597 collection. In essence it's the extensive juxtaposition between sombre blocks and glittering small-scale exchanges which gives the music its seminal quality of moving both inevitably and eventfully towards a self-assured resolution, befitting its aristocratic gait. Having a 'moderator' (in this case the fine keyboardist, Timothy Roberts), as opposed to an artistic director, is pragmatic and democratic but there's the odd moment where a strong artistic presence at the helm would have, ironically perhaps, empowered the musicians towards a more flexible and varied approach to articulation and colour.

That said, there are some glorious and majestic sounds: you can fly to the buzzing Canzonduodecimi toni a 10, bathe in the fragrant harmonic mosaic of the three-choir Canzonquarti toni a 15 and relish elsewhere the peculiarly delicate and sweet sounds of this ensemble. Overall, a notable and distinctive achievement.



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>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 10
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 1
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 7
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata quinti toni, for organ, C. S2
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 9
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 16
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 8
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata for organ, C. D16
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 6
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 2
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata for organ, C. D15
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 3
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 11
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 5
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Toccata for organ, C. D13
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 13
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 15
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 12
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzoni et sonate (21)
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 4
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 14
  • Performer: Timothy Roberts (Organ)
  • Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
  • Notes: 03/03/1997-03/05/1997
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance