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Palestrina was still writing his stile antico counterpoint when Giovanni Gabrieli, up the road in Venice, was exploring new worlds of sound and wondrous combinations of voices and instruments in multi-voice works specifically designed for the bejewelled architectural curiosity that is San Marco. a select ten voices from Ex Cathedra, with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts and Concerto Palatino, shine like gilded mosaic in Gabrieli Sacred Symphonies, coruscating with vivacity and excitement in a recording that is lively enough to evoke the sacred space of the original venue without masking any essential detail.

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