Venice Preserved

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Jeronimo Bassano, Augustine Bassano, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Bassano, Giovanni Gabrieli, Andrea Gabrieli

Label: Gaudeamus

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CDGAU122

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(5) Fantasias a 5 Jeronimo Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
Pavan Augustine Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
Selva morale e spirituale Susan Hemington-Jones
Peter Bassano
Claudio Monteverdi Composer
Gentlemen of the Chappell
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Deus qui Beatum Marcum Peter Bassano
Giovanni Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Emily Van Evera
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Sacrae symphoniae Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Simon Berridge
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
Angus Smith
Emily Van Evera
Susan Hemington-Jones
Canite Tuba in Syon Peter Bassano
Giovanni Bassano Composer
Gentlemen of the Chappell
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Frais et gaillard Peter Bassano
Giovanni Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Canzoni et Sonate His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Jubilate Deo Peter Bassano
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Andrea Gabrieli Composer
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Symphoniae sacrae His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Peter Bassano
Symphoniae sacrae Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10 (No. 2) His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Peter Bassano
O magnum mysterium His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Peter Bassano
Simon Berridge
Selva morale e spirituale His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Claudio Monteverdi Composer
Peter Bassano
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Susan Hemington-Jones
(5) Fantasias a 5 Jeronimo Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano

Composer or Director: Giovanni Bassano, Giovanni Gabrieli, Augustine Bassano, Jeronimo Bassano, Claudio Monteverdi, Andrea Gabrieli

Label: Gaudeamus

Media Format: Cassette

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: ZCGAU122

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Canite Tuba in Syon Peter Bassano
Giovanni Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Symphoniae sacrae Gentlemen of the Chappell
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Peter Bassano
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
O magnum mysterium Peter Bassano
Simon Berridge
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Pavan Augustine Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
(5) Fantasias a 5 Peter Bassano
Jeronimo Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Frais et gaillard His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Giovanni Bassano Composer
Peter Bassano
Sacrae symphoniae Gentlemen of the Chappell
Susan Hemington-Jones
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Emily Van Evera
Peter Bassano
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Angus Smith
Simon Berridge
Symphoniae sacrae Peter Bassano
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Selva morale e spirituale Gentlemen of the Chappell
Claudio Monteverdi Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Susan Hemington-Jones
Peter Bassano
Jubilate Deo Gentlemen of the Chappell
Peter Bassano
Andrea Gabrieli Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
(5) Fantasias a 5 Jeronimo Bassano Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
Selva morale e spirituale Peter Bassano
Susan Hemington-Jones
Claudio Monteverdi Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Deus qui Beatum Marcum His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Gentlemen of the Chappell
Giovanni Bassano Composer
Peter Bassano
Emily Van Evera
Canzoni et Sonate Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Peter Bassano
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10 (No. 2) Peter Bassano
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Giovanni Gabrieli Composer
Peter Bassano, the prime-mover of this new record, is a direct descendent of the family of that name that provided so many musicians for the English court during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and who were in turn related to Giovanni Bassano—composer, cornett player, singer, theorist and maestro di concerto at St Mark's Venice from 1575 until his death in 1617. (Incidentally, it is another musical member of the family, Emilia Bassano, who was identified by A. L. Rowse as the Dark Lady of the Shakespeare sonnets.) It is the exciting discovery of his ancestry, made by Peter Bassano only in recent years, that explains the otherwise rather curious planning of this record, with its mixture of pieces by familiar Venetians and distinctly unfamiliar Bassanos (some of whom seem never to have set foot in Venice), all under the slightly misleading title of ''Venice Preserved''.
Jerome Bassano, for example, was baptized in England, spent time in the King's Musick, and ended up the very model of a landed gentleman; his two five-voice fantasias are thoroughly English in idiom, pleasant and undemanding to listen to but in essence performers' music. The heart of the record is not with these latter-day Bassanos, but rather with Giovanni and his Venetian contemporaries, Monteverdi and the Gabrielis. Here there are some very fine things indeed. The overall sound is rich and muscular, and speeds have for the most part been chosen with a careful eye to overall architecture. Giovanni Bassano himself is a more interesting composer than has been generally recognized, and his setting of Deus qui beatum Marcum is a masterly exercise in the Venetian antiphonal manner; its carefully-controlled and well-shaped performance here only whets one's appetite for more. Occasionally there are miscalculations; the magical opening of Giovanni Gabrieli's O magnum mysterium has more of the character of a pronouncement than of the growing sense of wonder that the music suggests, and I don't think that there is much of a musical (or indeed historical) case for all the added ornamentation in Monteverdi's Beatus vir. But at its best, as in the quite stunning performance of Giovanni Gabrieli's Omnes gentes, this record is first rate.'

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