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It is over 20 years since Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort and Players made their award-winning CD, A Venetian Coronation, 1595. Now McCreesh implements some new thoughts about his original reconstruction of a late sixteenth-century Coronation Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica. As before, the atmosphere is imaginatively evoked with bells, wonderfully effective spatial effects and throughout a lively sense of occasion whose spirit is resonantly captured in the beautiful acoustic of Douai Abbey, Berkshire. Most of the music is by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, uncle and nephew, respectively, but among a handful of other composers represented is Hans Leo Hassler, one-time student of Andrea in Venice. There is much splendid music here – the joyful Canzona a 12 (track 12) by Giovanni at once springs to mind and all is performed with refined attention to the smallest detail and with affective fervour.

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