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The Feast Of San Rocco, Venice 1608
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
This two-CD set has the same aim as the Gabrieli Consort & Players' "Music for San Rocco" disc on DG--the speculative recreation of a spectacular concert at Venice's Scuola di San Rocco in 1608. Indeed, both recordings inc... more »
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This two-CD set has the same aim as the Gabrieli Consort & Players' "Music for San Rocco" disc on DG--the speculative recreation of a spectacular concert at Venice's Scuola di San Rocco in 1608. Indeed, both recordings include several of the same works, such as Gabrieli's seven-choir Magnificat and his Sonata for three violins. However, the overlap is not great, and both performances are so good that there's no way to choose between them. Roland Wilson, with two discs at his disposal, naturally includes more music; among the highlights are beautiful solo motets by Alessandro Grandi and two gorgeous sonatas (for violin solo and violin/cornett duo) by G. P. Cima. --Matthew Westphal
esseyo | Jersey City, NJ United States | 02/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just some comments on this recording: The Musica Fiata Koeln sound is pretty close to the sound I love in late renaissance sacred music. The brass players don't all constantly blend together as one homogeneous background sound; instead individual lines come in and out naturally helping to move the music along. I personally enjoy David Cordier's falsetto voice because of its distinct timbre adding flavor to the sound; just as I like the nasal timbre of the cornettos distinguishing themselves from the sackbutts.
The Cima pieces are all beautiful idyllic pieces and played with religious sincerely (the playing reminds me very much of Andrew Parrot's Monteverdi 1610 Vesper recording). A nice touch is the inclusion of a Gabrieli piece played on solo organ. Quite nice to hear the organ shine after it has been used as continuo for most of the recording.
I highly recommend this recording especially if you are into the multi-choral one voice per part concept or if you like the sound of Musica Fiata Koeln. Incidently Roland Wilson is a famous cornetto maker; 6 of the 9 cornettists on this recording are playing his instruments."