The Hilliard Ensemble, Carlo Gesualdo – Gesualdo: Tenebrae – Music. Gesualdo’s sacred music, like his secular madrigals, is both eccentric and passionate. Peter Phillips directs The Tallis Scholars in this classic recording. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Gesualdo: Tenebrae (The Complete Responsoria) – The Hilliard Ensemble on AllMusic.

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I somehow feel it would be a disservice to Gesualdo to single out any particular responsory over the rest, just as it would be impossible to single out any of the tears I imagine were shed in his lifetime.

Ships from and sold by gatefold-records. To be sure, these motets are chromatic, but less wilfully so, and Gesualdo displays a richness of contrapuntal technique coupled with a sensuous expression of Marian fervour that clearly puts him well beyond any amateur. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. But then, one wonders whether many if any church choirs outside Gesualdo’s immediate circle used them in their Holy Week services. I can imagine that this is the way it was heard years ago.

The Telegraph, 15 August AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Of the three versions I should gessualdo hesitate to choose this new one by The Tallis Scholars, since they alone cope adequately with the chromatic shifts, the awkward tunings and the virtuosic leaps and runs. Anyone seeking a taste of Gesualdo in his various guises, plus an insight into late Renaissance chromaticism, could do much worse than start here. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Nigel Short’s superb musical sensitivity to phrasing and texture illuminates everything. June Sehr gut gesungen, tenebraf. This pattern continues until the final chant disappears into the darkness: Gramophone, 1 December The Gesualdo pieces, with their aromatic harmonies and overtly expressive ambience, were the Roquefort.

March Here Tenebrae the choir sings Tenebrae the pre-Easter office with a thorough understanding of this music’s expressive potential, subtly inflected with its touches of drama.

Even here, though, Gesualdo declares gesualdk to be no slave to modesty or economy.

It is difficult to divorce any assessment of the performance here from that of the music. The first, now of such standing to be almost traditional, is that he was a tortured genius whose personal unhappiness is directly reflected in a musical language whose intensity of expression, largely achieved through unusual choral juxtapositions and bold chromatic detailing, is truly gesyaldo.


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He dragged the bodies out onto the stairs, posted a notice explaining why he’d killed them, and all the town came to gape at them the next morning. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Anthony Church in Hartford, Connecticut, where they sang two of the Gesuapdo responsories in a program of carefully chosen mannerist music. Gesuqldo really want to say something about this recording, but how can I express myself if I’m a total musical ignoramus?

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In short, these performances reveal a rare understanding of the inherent tensions of the music, both in terms of local detail and overall shape, and explicate them with great technical and musical artistry.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The unexpected leaps of mode throw open a door onto new expressive territory, but Gesualdo draws back from it. The first, now of such standing to be almost traditional, is that he was a tortured genius whose personal unhappiness is directly reflected in a musical language whose intensity of expression, largely achieved through unusual choral juxtapositions and bold chromatic detailing, is truly prophetic. About the shots and multiple sword-thrusts, and the way Don Carlo couldn’t convince himself the job was done until he had cut his victims to ribbons, and he had personally skewered his wife to the floor.

I defy anyone to hear CD 1, track 2, and not get chills at the words “et ego vadim”. The overall sound is eloquently rich, with clear bright and seductively contoured upper voices underpinned by a firm, resonant bass line. With these performaces the Gesualdo legend lives on. Sold by Record Plant. Sicut ovis ad occasionem 3: He takes the dense, chromatic language of his madrigals and applies it here to sacred texts with only slight modification, producing a heady, spiritual effect not entirely untypical of the Counter Reformation there are obvious, if too simple, parallels with El Grego.


It is not a stretch of the imagination to place his music in the s. Even if you didn’t know the facts, you’d still know it couldn’t have been written by a completely sane man.

Although the music of Gesualdo may not be to the taste of someone tentatively delving into the Renaissance for the first time, it may deepen the appreciation of this period more than the myriads of recordings of instrumental dances and part-songs ever will. Years later, I find that its mysteries still evade me.

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The tectonic plates of his chosen texts shift beneath their execution. Alerted to the fact that Don Carlo knew about the affair, the Duke tried to persuade Donna Maria that they must end the liaison, but she said she’d rather die. The chronicles go into salacious detail about what happened next: Just last night I was present at a live performance by Pomerium in the beautiful acoustics gesualo St.

And although these works have been recorded a number of times previously, nothing can match the Hilliard’s beautifully-structured and persuasive account. Don Carlo’s nobility ensured there was no trial, and he quietly withdrew to Ferrara, where he remarried, but was by then “afflicted by a vast horde of demons which gave him no peace unless twelve young men, whom he kept specially for the purpose, were to beat him violently three times a day, during which operation gesualdl was wont to smile joyfully.

Anyone familiar with the recordings of the Hilliards needs not be told of their rich harmonies and precise intonation-it just needs to be heard.

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