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So the performers on this disc have had to make decisions about who sings or plays. What
they have come up with is very successful. It helps that His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
play stunningly and blend beautifully with the voices. The cornett players on the disc
(Jeremy West and David Staff) produce some ravishingly lovely tone.
The disc opens with one of the instrumental ricercars; each ricercar composed on one of the
traditional church modes/tones (during the Renaissance each tone was thought to have its own
expressive characteristics). A total of five of them are played on this disc.
This is followed by the motet De profundis clamavi from a collection printed in 1572. Here
Joseph Cornwell and Adrian Peacock sing the third and fifth lines whilst the remaining four
lines are instrumental, creating instrumental ritornelli around the vocal lines
[listen -- track 2, 0:00-0:56]. This is also done with
the communion motet O Sacrum Convivium, which is expressively sung by Anna Sara Pickard
and an instrumental consort; with Pickard brilliantly adding ornaments to Gabrieli's top line
[listen -- track 15, 0:00-1:31].
Copyright © 23 December 2003
Robert Hugill, London UK