Venice 1629

Released 29 June 2018 on Resonus Classics

Venice 1629 CD (including P&P)

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Venice 1629 album cover

Venice 1629 back cover

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 makes its Resonus debut with a fascinating programme that encapsulates an extraordinary year in the life of this most musical of cities.

Faye Newton – soprano, Jamie Savan – cornett/director, Helen Roberts – cornett, Oliver Webber – violin, Theresa Caudle – violin/cornett, Steven Devine – organ/harpsichord.

Chamber Vespers

Chandos / Chaconne, 2011 – listen to extracts on the Chandos website.


“Congregations in 17th-century Ancona or Bologna would have been lucky indeed to hear instrumental playing remotely as vivid as the Gonzaga Band’s”, Gramophone

“Savan and company have an instinctive feel for this repertoire, their persuasive performances delivered with terrific flair and panache”, BBC Music.

Sacred Garland

Chandos / Chaconne, 2009: listen to extracts on the Chandos website.


“Faultless and fascinating”, Gramophone

Sacred Garland …is one of those discs which so perfectly seems to capture an entire lost world in microcosm.” International Record Review

“CD of the Week”, ABC Classic FM Radio, Australia