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Penguin Guide, January 2009

GABRIELI: Music for Brass, Vol. 2 8.553873
GABRIELI: Music for Brass, Vol. 3 8.554129

The Canzon in echo duodecimi toni à 10 in Volume 3 is obviously the most spectacular piece, but the paired Sonatas XX and XXI (with organ) thrillingly combine rich sonorities with complex decoration, and in Volume 2 there are several very striking pieces, notably La Spiritata and Canzon XVI à 12, which closes the disc.

Victor Carr Jr., October 2008

Hearing Gabrieli's music live is a uniquely transporting aural experience…All 13 selections receive splendid performances by the London Symphony Orchestra Brass, a truly world-class ensemble that plays with ringing tone, beautifully blended sonority, and immaculate clarity. Eric Crees, who prepared new editions of Gabrieli's works for this series, conducts with scholarly authority… Read full review at ClassicsToday

Stephen Cassidy
Early Music Review, April 2001

"This third and final CD completes a series containing all Giovanni Gabrieli's instrumental ensemble music. We wait to the end of the third disc to hear the smallest scale Sonata a3, followed by the largest and immeasurably grand Sonata a22 (the reverse of the order Gabrieli, or his 1615 publisher, favoured.) the playing, on modern brass, is always dazzling, with some lyrical passages and much luxuriance of technique. The resultant easy and massive sound owes its movement more to the inescapable momentum of a well-working engine, rather than to human volition. The semi-quaver passage-work, rather than being woven into the texture with trochaic swing, stands proud of the substrate like a row of gleaming rivets. And how can every final chord be the last word in triumph? Notwithstanding, there is a palpable feeling for the architecture of the pieces, and exciting performances well worth the listening."

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