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The Glory of Gabrieli / Rolf Smedvig, Empire Brass, et al

Audio Samples

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Work(s)
>     Unspecified Canzon duo decimi toni
>     Unspecified Canzon a 12
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1
>     no 2
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 7, for 7 parts, C. 201
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 9 for 8 parts, C. 190
>Anonymous : Gloria
>Gervaise, Claude : Pavanne et Gaillarde d'Angleterre
>Scheidt, Samuel : Ludi musici, Book 1
>Tye, Christopher : In Nomine no 12
>Diaz, Gabriel : Lauda Jerusalem, motet
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Vos amici mei, motet for 8 voices
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 16, for 12 parts, C. 209
>Banchieri, Adriano : Concerto for brass ensemble no 1 "La Battaglia"
>Cavaccio, Giovanni : Credidi (Tertii Toni)
>Lassus, Orlando de : O la o che bon echo, villanelle for 8 voices, S. x/140
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sonata no 13, for 8 parts
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 11, for 8 parts, C. 204
>Tallis, Thomas : Veni Redemptor gentium (I), for organ
>Byrd, William : Non vos relinquam Orphanos, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon in echo, for 12 parts, C. 192

Album Summary

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Work(s)
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 7, for 7 parts, C. 201
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 9 for 8 parts, C. 190
>Anonymous : Gloria
>Gervaise, Claude : Pavanne et Gaillarde d'Angleterre
>Scheidt, Samuel : Ludi musici, Book 1
>Tye, Christopher : In Nomine no 12
>Diaz, Gabriel : Lauda Jerusalem, motet
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Vos amici mei, motet for 8 voices
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 16, for 12 parts, C. 209
>Banchieri, Adriano : Concerto for brass ensemble no 1 "La Battaglia"
>Cavaccio, Giovanni : Credidi (Tertii Toni)
>Lassus, Orlando de : O la o che bon echo, villanelle for 8 voices, S. x/140
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sonata no 13, for 8 parts
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 11, for 8 parts, C. 204
>Tallis, Thomas : Veni Redemptor gentium (I), for organ
>Byrd, William : Non vos relinquam Orphanos, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon in echo, for 12 parts, C. 192
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Notes & Reviews:

Led by their founder, trumpeter Rolf Smedvig, the virtuoso Empire Brass are joined by two other talented quintets for this recording from the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The three quintets were placed in different locatons in the enormous room at the National Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, for optimal antiphonal effects.

BBC Music Magazine
The Empire Brass Quintet's tight ensemble highlights the visceral energy of Gabrieli's antiphonal works. The showy, 'big-band' sound may be a far cry from the muted timbres of sackbut and cornett but few could deny the ensemble's dizzying virtuosity.



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Works Details

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Work(s) :: Unspecified Canzon duo decimi toni
  • Performers: Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); James Sommerville (Horn); Robert Sullivan (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Thomas Smith (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 2
  • Performers: Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); James Sommerville (Horn)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 7, for 7 parts, C. 201
  • Performers: Norman Bolter (Trombone); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 9 for 8 parts, C. 190
  • Performers: Robert Sullivan (Trumpet); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Norman Bolter (Trombone); James Sommerville (Horn)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1615

>Anonymous : Gloria
  • Performers: Robert Sullivan (Trumpet); Ronald Barron (Trombone); Steven Emery (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Philip Smith (Trumpet); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Norman Bolter (Trombone); James Sommerville (Horn); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Jonathan Menkis (Horn)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gervaise, Claude : Pavanne et Gaillarde d'Angleterre
  • Performers: Steven Emery (Trumpet); Robert Sullivan (Trumpet); Ronald Barron (Trombone); Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Philip Smith (Trumpet); James Sommerville (Horn); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Jonathan Menkis (Horn); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Thomas Smith (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1550

>Scheidt, Samuel : Ludi musici, Book 1
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Tye, Christopher : In Nomine no 12
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabriel Díaz : Lauda Jerusalem, motet
  • Performers: Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Ronald Barron (Trombone); Philip Smith (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Steven Emery (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); James Sommerville (Horn); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Jonathan Menkis (Horn); Thomas Smith (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Robert Sullivan
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Vos amici mei, motet for 8 voices
  • Performers: Norman Bolter (Trombone); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); James Sommerville (Horn)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 16, for 12 parts, C. 209
  • Performers: Norman Bolter (Trombone); James Sommerville (Horn); Jonathan Menkis (Horn); Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Philip Smith (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Ronald Barron (Trombone); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Steven Emery (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Banchieri, Adriano : Concerto for brass ensemble no 1 "La Battaglia"
  • Performers: Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Norman Bolter (Trombone); James Sommerville (Horn)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Concerto

>Cavaccio, Giovanni : Credidi (Tertii Toni)
  • Performers: Jonathan Menkis (Horn); Philip Smith (Trumpet); Robert Sullivan (Trumpet); Ronald Barron (Trombone); Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Steven Emery (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Norman Bolter (Trombone); James Sommerville (Horn)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : O la o che bon echo, villanelle for 8 voices, S. x/140
  • Performers: Thomas Smith (Trumpet); James Sommerville (Horn); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sonata no 13, for 8 parts
  • Performers: Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); James Sommerville (Horn); Norman Bolter (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 11, for 8 parts, C. 204
  • Performers: Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Veni Redemptor gentium (I), for organ
  • Performers: Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Norman Bolter (Trombone); James Sommerville (Horn); Philip Smith (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Robert Sullivan (Trumpet); Steven Emery (Trumpet); Jonathan Menkis (Horn); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Ronald Barron (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Non vos relinquam Orphanos, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Work(s) :: Unspecified Canzon a 12
  • Performers: Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Ronald Barron (Trombone); Steven Emery (Trumpet); James Sommerville (Horn); Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Robert Sullivan (Trumpet); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Philip Smith (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba); Jonathan Menkis (Horn)
  • Conductor: Rolf Smedvig
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon in echo, for 12 parts, C. 192
  • Performers: Ronald Barron (Trombone); James Sommerville (Horn); Norman Bolter (Trombone); Gary Offenlock (Tuba); Philip Smith (Trumpet); Thomas Rolfs (Trumpet); Thomas Smith (Trumpet); Jonathan Menkis (Horn); Steven Emery (Trumpet); Chester Schmitz (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Robert Sullivan
  • Notes: National Music Center, Lenox, MA (08/31/1999-09/02/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance