Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies / Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra

Album Summary

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Vox Domini, motet for 10 voices
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : O Jesu mi dulcissime, motet for 8 voices (1597)
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Omnes gentes plaudite manibus
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Maria virgo, motet for 10 voices
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Magnificat for 12 voices (1615)
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Litanae BVM, litany motet for 8 voices
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Exultet iam angelica turba, motet for 17 voices
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Notes & Reviews:

Ex Cathedra's exuberant recordings of Baroque music from around the world have made them one of the best-loved ensembles of today. This latest release presents the music of Giovanni Gabrieli in his four-hundredth anniversary year. These magnificent liturgical settings from the heart of the Venetian polychoral tradition are full of drama, wonder and extraordinary spatial effects. His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and Concerto Palatino provide the sonic gilding that would have been an essential part of the original performances, when extra musicians crowded the galleries of St. Mark's for special occasions.

The Telegraph, November 2012
Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore, matched by the pungent colours of the period instruments, enunciates the words with crisp clarity, singing with fluency and relishing the sumptuous soundscapes that Gabrieli envisaged. Emotional sensitivity and reverence are harnessed as well.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Music by Giovanni Gabrieli (c 1554-1612) - especially the big works for voices, instruments, and organ - is spectacular and continues to amaze listeners, just as it did 400 years ago. And now that period-instrument performers are better than ever, their performances are more spectacular than ever - as is the case with this wonderful album. This recording is breathtakingly beautiful, a feast of sumptuous sonorities.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
Ex Cathedra join with one 'supergroup' of a Renaissance wind band, formed by His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts and Concerto Palatino. When all combine with organ continuo, the latters' tuning gives a special charge to some of those trademark chords...when Ex Cathedra sing as a choir, as in the extended Litany, even Gabrieli's most staid oratory communicates with fervour.

MusicWeb International, January 2013
This is a splendid set of performances. The singing is consistently animated and expert while the instrumental contributions are equally fine. Skidmore and his splendid, committed performers, helped by the engineers, realise the spaciousness of Gabrieli's music to really good effect. They're equally successful whether the music is subdued and prayerful or uninhibitedly extrovert.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012).



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Works Details

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Vox Domini, motet for 10 voices
  • Performers: Matthew Venner; Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2
  • Performers: Greg Skidmore; Grace Davidson (Soprano); Samuel Boden; Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1 :: no 7
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : O Jesu mi dulcissime, motet for 8 voices (1597)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Omnes gentes plaudite manibus
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2
  • Performers: Matthew Venner; Grace Davidson (Soprano); Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Maria virgo, motet for 10 voices
  • Performer: Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Magnificat for 12 voices (1615)
  • Performers: Greg Skidmore; Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Litanae BVM, litany motet for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Exultet iam angelica turba, motet for 17 voices
  • Performers: Greg Skidmore; Samuel Boden; Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London (05/27/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral