Music reviews for music composed in the decade of the 1590s.
1. Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae (8?/10)
The music is compelling late Renaissance choral, despite the “symphony” suggestion – symphonies didn’t exist in their modern form at the time, did they? – and it is performed in the traditionalist way; something I don’t have a problem with necessarily. Certainly for a first time listener, it is probably best to take on a composer on a traditionalist recording rather than some kind of modern performance or even radical reinterpretation – much as I might prefer such an interpretation farther down the road.
Please note, I haven’t heard the entire thing.