Magnificent Example of High Baroque Splendor!
N. Fronczak | Warren, MI | 09/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It certainly pays to keep listening to the radio these days even with all the "online" availability, because this is how I discovered this composer and this particular recording.
I just happened to tune into the CBC one Sunday morning and heard a chorus of most profound polyphony. So I tried to guess as to who the composer might be: Gabrieli possibly? Not quite. This had more instrumental sections than maybe usually found in something by him.
And then at the end the announcer named Rigatti: a Baroque composer that I never heard of before. I was immediately intrigued and impressed so I decided to purchase the CD. Unfortunately, I didn't write the name down nor remember it exactly. I searched here on Amazon under variant spellings and eventually found what I was looking for. Well worth the quest!
Not only is this CD interesting for presenting what a mid-17th Century Venetian Mass would probably consist of and sound like but the performance itself is completely flawless!
I have never ever heard the Vancouver Cantata Singers perform before nor the original wind instrument group "The Whole Noyse" although I am quite familiar with the impeccable playing of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
In summation, don't pass this one up before it goes "out of print". Especially if you have as much interest and admiration for the "high" Baroque as I do."