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When it comes to recorded liturgical reconstructions, I have yet to hear one more replete with evocative extra-musical sounds of the occasion than Paul McCreesh’s A New Venetian Coronation 1595. revisiting the programme that first shot the Gabrieli Consort to fame, McCreesh adds chat- tering crowds, bells, lapping lagoon water, drums, loud winds and the-Lord-knows-what to set the scene for a truly sumptuous musical experience in which the acoustics of Douai Abbey suggest San Marco without muddying the clarity of a sequence of exceptional performances. I admired the original disc, but this one is guaranteed to supplant it in the hearts of all true Veneziaphiles.

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