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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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The power of collective musical ablution may have no equivalent, but in this recording we get to experience just that in solitude.

With these performaces the Gesualdo legend lives on. Missa in gallicantu Mass at Cockcrow. According to some researchers, his second infant son—whose paternity Gesualdo may have doubted—also fell victim to his indignation. Could these be the murdered lovers before which Don Gesuapdo implored forgiveness?

The Tallis Scholars cope well with the difficulties of the responsories, not least the tuning, even if coordination in attack occasionally suffers and the tone is sometimes a little bland. The same is not necessarily true of the four splendid motets that act as ‘fillers’.

Gesualdo Tenebrae

March Tenebrae’s faultless control and balance bring the sacred texts to life, including some wild modulations and sudden side-slips. The debate began even during his lifetime, and it continues today. Set beside this composer’s outpourings of passion, contemparary settings of these same texts by Palestrina, Lassus and especially Victoria appears all the more dignified and enduring.


Stravinsky began his famous foreword to Tenebrxe Watkins’ biography of Gesualdo with the words “musicians may yet save Gesualdo from musicologist, but certainly the latter have had the gesulado of it until now”.

Gesualdo: Tenebrae (The Complete Responsoria)

Notify me of new posts via email. The music perfectly matches the dreary Latin texts dealing with the betrayal and crucifixion of Christ. Email required Address never made public. Thus the singers probably do about as tenebtae justice to the music as possible.

However, they seem happier with the motets, which I enjoyed more: If anything, his fantastic ensemble taught me one thing: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Gramophone, 1 December Gesualdo cPrince of Venosa, is well known as the arch-chromaticist not to mention wife-murderer of the late Renaissance. Incipit oratorio Jeremiae Prophetae 7: For the track list and album notes and to buy the CD or Album Download please click the link to the Hyperion Records website.

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Taverner, with his aloof, white purity of sound, was the Cheshire. The bride found for him – Donna Maria d’Avalos – was his cousin, and the greatest beauty in town. Particulary important is presence of the more harshly piecing tones of a counter-tenor in place female of sopranos, whose smooth dulcet tones rob the music of its visionary strangeness.

He takes the dense, chromatic language of his trnebrae and applies it here to sacred texts with only slight modification, producing a heady, spiritual gedualdo not entirely untypical of the Counter Reformation there are obvious, if too simple, parallels with El Grego.


Overview Reviews Edition Website. They have been recorded twice before, once by a full choir, once by solo voices. I doubt that they could be bettered. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Anyone seeking a taste of Gesualdo in his various guises, plus an insight into late Renaissance chromaticism, could do much worse than start here. It has been written that Gesualdo gesuado years ahead of his time with his intricate and dissonant harmonies, and I have to agree.

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The Hilliard Ensemble, Carlo Gesualdo – Gesualdo: Tenebrae – Music

Nevertheless, it’s the very condition of being weird that guarantees performances to Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories. See all 15 reviews. Next rainy gesualldo, put this CD on, sit back, and relax. The repetitions make sense, but the use of the full choir 12 voices is perhaps a little misguided: As Phillips would be the first to admit, the focus on these two extremes of Renaissance music left a vast area untouched.

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