The Glory of Venice

Liner notes


Columbia Masterworks M 30937
With this album, Columbia Masterworks continues its highly acclaimed series of recordings made in the great Basilica San Marco in Venice, where Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) created many of them and first heard them performed. These recordings feature, as Producer John McClure has written, "choruses from America, recording equipment from Switzerland, brass players from Germany and an organ from Austria" in an effort "to recreate the musical goings-on in the San Marco of Gabrieli's day. Of course, it is not the same as actually standing there in that exotic, Byzantine building dating from 1100, bathing in the golden haze of its ancient mosaics and lapped in unduplicatable sound and splendor, but we think you'll love the taste you get and that you'll be glad to make the closer acquaintance of one of history's great composers."