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Gabrieli: Eric Crees Performing Edition

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Gabrieli: Eric Crees Performing Edition

ERIC CREES is one of Britain's most distinguished brass arrangers and conductors. He is Musical Director of the London Symphony Orchestra Brass and a professor at the Guildhall School of Drama and Music in London.
• This new performing edition of Gabrieli's 'Sacrae Symphoniae' and 'Canzoni e Sonate' was prepared for the first ever complete recording of these works by the London Symphony Orchestra Brass on Naxos Records.
• The edition is unique both in its coverage of the complete works and in the quality of the editing. Unlike previous editions it is comprehensively marked with dynamics, tempi, phrasing, articulations and stylistic guidelines ~ everything for those ensembles who want to bring this music to life authentically without long discussions in the rehearsal room or uncertainty in the performance.
• The spectacular multi-choir effects and the different possible mixtures of instruments ~ choirs of woodwind or strings are quite possible ~ make these pieces eminently suitable for amateur, school or college groups, as well as fulfilling the demands of the most discerning professional.

Associate Editor ~ Christopher Mowat

"It was a stimulating and practical pleasure to work on such a diverse collection of works from the Gabrieli : Eric Crees Performing Edition. Tempo indications, dynamics and above all imaginative phrasing brought these wonderful pieces to life with ease and enabled my students to perform with style and refinement."
Chris Houlding, Prof. Trombone & Brass Ensemble, Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, Germany

"This is the best modern-instrument recording I have heard of the great polychoral works of Giovanni Gabrieli…The big moments are rich and very impressive, intonation is impeccable, and the players sound like they truly understand what they are playing. Brief moments of leading melody or interesting countermelody are brought out nicely, due at least in part to Eric Crees's conducting and to his new editions of the pieces..."
American Record Guide

"Sidestepping 'authentic' considerations of timbre and ornamentation Eric Crees has concentrated on getting his LSO colleagues to do what they do best. Using his scrupulously prepared... edition these players, with their long tradition of immaciulate ensemble, give polished and disciplined performances. The degree of textural clarity achieved reveals the wealth and variety of musical invention..."
BBC Music Magazine

"The three Renaissance pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli [Eric Crees edition] are especially successful…The various voices of Bach's "Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor"[arr. Crees] shine out with absolute clarity in this arrangement that projects the work's contrapuntal complexities with gleaming clarity."
All Music Guide

"The editions are by Gabrieli scholar Eric Crees. Crees also provides the organ-like performing version of the Bach work, an arrangement most notable for its transparency and delicacy, yet with a finale of blazing power."
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live

"It was as ever a huge pleasure to play your [Gabrieli] editions [in the 2020 Henry Wood Promenade Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra Brass]. I've been doing them with various orchestras in Berlin as well and they make life so easy and practical. It's all laid out for us ,and then we can get on with shaping and phrasing. And that music simply makes the world a happier place, somehow ecstatic.
Once again many thanks, and warmest best wishes."

- Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director, London Symphony Orchestra

Further arrangements by Eric Crees are shown in Brass Ensemble Tentet • Orchestral • Large Group.
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