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Meanwhile, in England, in a style more evocative of the Basilica, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, use their own label to celebrate Andrea’s nephew, Giovanni, in 1615 Gabrieli in Venice , opening and closing with works in 14 parts. Two versions, SACD and Blu-ray audio, offer lavish sound options, and the vocal and instrumental forces are beautifully organised acoustically. His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts contribute ever-reliable virtuosity and, even though inconsistency in the many solo voices and some distressing vowel distortions distract, the whole impresses with the gilded formality of Venetian spectacle.

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