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Andrea Gabrieli’s three organ masses were discovered in 1959 in the Turin tablature. The organ is the 1766 Callido instrument in the north loftof St Mark’s, but no details are given and it sounds suspiciously like modern pitch and equal temperament (a pity). Ivan Florjanc supplies the alternatim Cunctipotens genitor Deus chant, but frequent (and disturbing) breaks in the acoustic ambience between the 49 separate tracks, and some careless editing, spoil this CD.

I am sure more variety, colour and vitality could be elicited from this organ, and the long gaps before every final cadence become tiresome.

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