1615 Gabrieli in Venice

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GIOVANNI GABRIELI
1615 Gabrieli in Venice
His Majesty's Sackbutts & Cornetts & The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

[ King's College SACD CD + Blue-ray audio / 2 CD/Blu-ray Disc ]

Release Date: Friday 20 November 2015

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Much of Giovanni Gabrieli's music was composed for grand ceremonial occasions. 2015 marks not just the 400th anniversary of the publication of this collection of works from 1615, but also the 500th anniversary of the completion of King's College Chapel. The Choir celebrates these anniversaries with the first classical album ever to use Dolby's new Atmos technology, which uses ceiling-mounted speakers to reproduce the acoustics of the Chapel with unprecedented realism. This recording pays homage to one of the most influential musicians of the Venetian Renaissance from within one of the great buildings of the English Renaissance. As well as being principal organist at St Mark's Basilica, Gabrieli was a prolific composer of sacred vocal and instrumental music. The early brass ensembles for which Gabrieli composed are no longer to be found performing in St Mark's Basilica, but this tradition is alive and well in Cambridge. The Choir is joined by His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts playing faithful recreations of instruments from Gabrieli's time. The Choir is one of Britain's oldest musical institutions, but has always been committed to innovation in pursuit of excellence. This, the first classical album to be mixed and released using Dolby's new Atmos technology, provides a three-dimensional experience like no other: the new surround sound-encoding includes height information as well as width and depth to offer a truly immersive sound experience. This recording will be released in both SACD and Pure Audio Blu-ray formats.

"The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is marking two milestones this year: the 500th anniversary of the completion of its great chapel and the 400th anniversary of the posthumous publication of Giovanni Gabrieli's magisterial music for St Mark's, Venice in the Symphoniae Sacrae. By way of celebration, King's has used the latest Dolby Atmos technology - favoured by Hollywood - to mix and release this disc, the first classical album to do so, apparently, and in CD/SACD hybrid and Pure Audio Blu-ray formats. The effect is to reproduce the fine acoustics of the chapel, with the gloriously rich and pungent brass of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts enveloping the pristine choir in enhanced surround sound. It's like taking a gondola on the Cam." (Guardian)

Tracks:

In ecclesiis a 14
Canzon Seconda a 6
Suscipe, clementissime Deus à 12
Hodie completi sunt dies pentecostes
Jubilate Deo 10vv
Canzon Terza a 6
Quem vidistis pastores a 14
Sonata XXI con tre violini
Exsutavit cor meum in Domino a 6
Surrexit Christus a 11
Canzone prima a 5
Litaniae Beatissimae Mariae Virginis
Magnificat a14