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Between the Kyrie and Gloria we get one of Andrea's florid organ intonations; lovely scene setting music. The mass is in six parts (seven in the Agnus Dei). Composed in the period after the Council of Trent (1542), it avoids elaborate counterpoint and wears its polyphony lightly so that the words could be audible. Published in 1572, it is a parody mass based on Gabrieli's motet Pater peccavi in caelum from his earliest published collection dating from 1565. The mass is sung by a vocal ensemble of six solo voices doubled by six instruments with organ. In certain sections they reduce and mix the scoring in various ways, to good effect [listen -- track 4, 1:06-2:15] It is in the passages that are instrumentally doubled that the cornets and sackbuts really show their metal, but really everyone is on fine form [listen -- track 10, 0:00-0:57].

This disc is highly recommendable to everyone, not just the specialist. Compared to later Venetian music, the items here require quite modest forces but it is a mark of Andrea Gabrieli's genius that the music has all the colour, imagination and emotional immediacy that we associate with the music of the period.

Copyright © 23 December 2003 Robert Hugill, London UK


Andrea Gabrieli: Missa Pater peccavi

CDA67167 DDD Stereo 66'22" 2000 Hyperion Records Ltd

His Majestys Consort of Voices; His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts; Timothy Roberts, director

Ricercar a 4 del primo tuono; Motet: De profundis clamavi; Canzon alla Francese: Petit Jacquet; Missa Pater peccavi: Kyrie; Intonazione del sesto tuono; Missa Pater peccavi: Gloria; Ricercar a 4 del sesto tuono; Missa Pater peccavi: Credo; Madrigal: Ancor che co'l partire; Missa Pater peccavi: Sanctus; Missa Pater peccavi: Benedictus; Ricercar a 4 del duodecimo tuono; Missa Pater peccavi: Agnus Dei I II III; Ricercar del settimo tuono; Motet: O sacrum convivium; Ricercar per sonar a 8


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