"Well researched and beautifully performed and recorded... Vocal ensemble Melodi Cantores and La Pifarescha on historic instruments are directed to great effect in this recording by Elena Sartori, and this is a highly enjoyable release which sounds terrific in plain stereo, and can blow your socks off in multi-channel surround. Thoroughly attractive."
Dominy Clements - MusicWeb-International.com - November 2012
"The choice of program is very valuable, both for the musicians who animate as well as for us as audience. In fact, the musicians emphasize the compositional singularity of Gabrieli, both in terms of dynamic and those of the musical phrase. The interpretation provides a perfect intelligibility that underlines the close relationship of text and music. The interpretation’s quality is characterized by a appropriate reading of the selected works and implementation’s accuracy. It takes us to the heart of the Venetian spirit of the time, ranging from pomp to reverence."
Marie-Sophie Mosnier - Crescendo magazine - Ocotber 2012
"There is no doubt that this record represents a significant and bold step forward in the rediscovery of the music of Giovanni Gabrieli." 4 of 5 Stars.
Marco Bizzarini - Musica magazine - October 2012
Interpretation **** Sound ****
"Music for the feast of Saint Roches from the pen of Giovanni Gabrieli, colored sound offered by the ensembles Melodi Cantores and La Pifarescha, both expertly and temperamentally lead by Elena Sartori. The disc provides a very nice portrait of Giovanni Gabrieli as a composer of truly independent dimension. Of course, the multi-voiced major movements in their exchange of fantastic sound concentration and finely opened passages are of the noblest of spacial art. The ’Magnificat’ for 33 voices gives a splendid impression thererof. But the canzoni, the intricate organ music or a surprisingly varied explicated litany show a most creative composer with the courage for individual solutions. Elena Sartori presents with her powerful formations an interesting as well as relevant program in full color."
Dr. Matthias Lange - klassik.com - 19 September 2012
"... Conductor Elena Sartori is also the organist for the solo pieces, which sound glorious on the meantone-tuned 1565 Antegnati organ in the Mantuan Basilica. Sartori’s skill in conducting is exemplified by her interpretations of the repetitive "ora pro nobis" petitios and very long list of mary’s attributes in Litaniae Beatissimae Marie Virginis. Far from sounding monotonous, the accumulating glory of the repeated phrase drives forward to the final Agnus Dei with confidence and fervent power... There are a number of very fine recordings of Venetian ceremonial music, and this ranks among them..."
Catherine Moore - American Record Guide - July/August 2013
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