• Giovanni Gabrieli

    Gabrieli for Brass: Venetian Extravaganza

    Reinhold Friedrich, Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School Brass

    Gabrieli for Brass: Venetian Extravaganza 1 cd CKD 581
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This fascinating transatlantic musical collaboration between the brass players of London’s Royal Academy of Music and New York’s Juilliard School presents enduring masterpieces by Giovanni Gabrieli and his Venetian contemporaries. Under the direction of Reinhold Friedrich, renowned trumpet soloist and Principal Trumpet of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the players blend modern instruments and intellect with 16th-century technique and tuning to excel in this profoundly challenging repertoire. The beautiful acoustic of St Jude’s, Hampstead results in a gloriously sonorous soundscape; burnished waves of rich, warm trombones alternate with the brilliant, crystalline articulation of trumpets. Academy Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, who produced the recording, states: ‘We’re hoping it will show Gabrieli as the composer of great intimate music as well as wonderfully grandiloquent Venetian polyphony.’ This remarkable recording features some of the most compelling and attractive instrumental music of the late Renaissance era and boasts performances worthy of Gabrieli’s extraordinary legacy and the reputation of these two outstanding institutions.

"Isn’t that a gorgeous sound? The result is a richly rewarding blend of ancient and modern, the recording itself is deeply satisfying as I hope you can tell."
BBC Radio 3
"All in all, it is a very satisfying Gabrieli recording, strongly recommended."
American Record Guide, 20 June 2018
"5* - ...a virtuoso super group that is perfectly suited to the glorious antiphonal music of Giovanni Gabrieli...Highly recommended."
All Music, 3 May 2018
"...smoothly blended trombones and the incisive agility of the trumpets...wrap the listener up in one tingling embrace."
Gramophone, May 2018
"5* - The playing is wonderfully musical and impressive, with impeccable intonation and phrasing, and a wonderful depth of tone."
Early Music Review, 29 October 2018
"The performances are remarkable and the sound is of demonstration quality. Lovers of this repertoire should not hesitate; indeed this disc sets a new standard for it."
MusicWeb International