GB Grillo: Complete Instrumental Music & Selected Motets

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts


This splendid recording provides an enticing introduction to a Venetian composer who stood at the watershed between Giovanni Gabrieli and Monteverdi. The ensemble’s gorgeously rich and satisfying sound does full justice to eight-part canzonas and cori spezzati motets, which play off contrasted high and low choirs in the best Gabrieli manner.

Small-scale motets such as the luxuriantly expressive Dic mihi, however, show Grillo’s command of the up-to-date concertato style developed by Monteverdi and Alessandro Grandi.

Elizabeth Roche, Daily Telegraph,