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Missa Pater peccavi: motets and instrumental music.
His Majestys Consort of Voices, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts Timothy Roberts.
Hyperion CDA67167 66m DDD.

Hyperion regale us with another major discovery in the shape of the music of Andrea Gabrieli, a lesser known figure than the more illustrious Giovanni but certainly no less inventive and talented. The Missa is framed by other shorter instrumental and choral works which include a spectacularly opulent 'Ricercar del settimo tuono' and the motet, 'O sacrum convivium', a premiere example of the younger Gabrieli's contrapuntal skill. The Mass itself is full of original touches including a dashingly bold Gloria and a lengthy but constantly arousing Credo where the noble sounds of the typically Venetian music are like balm to the ears. Another interesting point is the insertion of shorter 'tonal exercises' between the Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus and the Agnus Dei, this original exercise enhances the re-creation of an actual Venetian performance. It is definite that this is one of the highlights of Giovanni Gabrieli's extensive compositional oeuvre and one looks forward to further recordings from this source. Indeed, the expertise of HM Sagbutts and Cornets and Consort of Voices is often breathtaking under Timothy Robert's direction. A clean, balanced and ultimately truthful recording alongside detailed and always stimulating notes sum up another spectacular release for this enterprisingly 'bright' label.

Gerald Fenech



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