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Gabrieli: Symphoniae Sacrae II, 1615 ()

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The music of Giovanni Gabrieli, as we understand it today, has everything to do with contrasting and concerting textures: different vocal ranges, instrumental combinations, and other overt shifts in sonority. Our understanding of this vibrant music has only been amplified by researchers and musicians who have plumbed the boundaries of this composer's intentions. One of the earliest and most influential early recordings of Gabrieli's music has now been re-released on this CD by l'Oiseau-Lyre. In 1977, Gabrieli's music tended to be the province of collegiate glee clubs and brass choirs. Yet the l'Oiseau-Lyre Florilegium label supported a young Andrew Parrott in his efforts to record Gabrieli's music with solo voices and original instruments. This CD offers a crucial window into the roots of the historical performance practice movement. The series of Venetian pieces for polychoral performance are performed in sumptuously authentic sounds, from the excellent (and typically English) intonation to the rich... Hide synopsis

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