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The Gonzaga Band (Faye Newton (soprano), Jamie Savan (director & cornetts), Helen Roberts (cornett), Oliver Webber (violin), Theresa Caudle (violin & cornett), & Steven Devine (organ & harpsichord))
1629 was a remarkable year for new music in Venice. Heinrich Schütz came to the city to learn of the new Italian style from Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries, publishing his seminal first volume of Symphoniae Sacrae during his visit.
Further innovative collections from Dario Castello, Alessandro Grandi and Biagio Marini contributed to this pivotal moment in the development of the early Baroque style. Acclaimed period ensemble The Gonzaga Band, with director Jamie Savan, makes its Resonus debut with a fascinating programme that encapsulates an extraordinary year in the life of this most musical of cities.
'This is a splendid CD [...] spontaneous, musical and is a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end.'
Early Music Review (5 stars)
'The individual efforts of the players of cornett and violin are outstanding, but the ensemble is also first class. I also would like to compliment the members of The Gonzaga Band on their choice of music and the way they have put together the programme.'
MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month)
'[...] this CD brings a very beautiful sonorous atmosphere of the Serenissima Republica from that time. Sublime.'
'[...] a fine recording that adds as much to our historical knowledge as it does to our musical enjoyment.'
Early Music America
'From the vibrant energy in Marini’s Capriccio for two violins to the attractive cornetto dialog in Castello’s Echo Sonata, the Gonzaga Band plays with variety and flair.'
American Record Guide
'[...] the range of instruments and voice creates great variety and a freshness of approach. Soprano Faye Newton is particularly appealing, and her ornamentation of the musical line is very pleasing.'
'This is an outstanding recording of a glorious repertoire, with superb performances'
Andrew Benson-Wilson (andrewbensonwilson.org)
The Gonzaga Band - Venice 1629
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