Recorded in Berlin’s magnificent cathedral, this album features some of Giovanni Gabrieli’s most celebrated compositions, in outstanding sound quality.
In partnership with some 30 brass players from the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and other ensembles, PENTATONE has succeeded in conveying the full lustre of the Venetian polychoral style.
A building of great national importance, Berlin’s cathedral has become increasingly popular among music lovers as a concert venue. This is in part due to its superlative acoustics, which also made possible the superb surround sound of this recording. A must-have for true lovers of unlimited sonority.
"... recommended." - James A Altena
"... I doubt you’ll find a disc of Gabrieli’s works for brass played any better than they are here, and I know you won’t find a more spectacular-sounding recording of them than this one, made in the Berlin Dom. So, if Gabrieli’s instrumental music is your bliss, the PentaTone SACD is strongly recommended." Jerry Dubins
Fanfare - May/June 2014
"For those with surround sound systems, this PentaTone release of works by the 17th century Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (ca.1555-1612) will be an absolute must have. It was recorded in February 2013 in Berlin’s largest church, a building whose vast interior is capable of evoking the sonorous spaces of San Marco, Venice where the composer was organist for much of his life. Amazingly for a building with such a large reverberation period the sound of the various groups on this 5.0 DSD recording always remains clear and distinct. This is due not only to the skill of the engineers from Polyhymnia in managing the challenge of a cathedral acoustic, but also to the clean articulation and incisiveness of the playing throughout. Both musically and sonically this disc is a feast for the ears! "
SA-CD Net - January 2014