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 contrary, revisionist view stands in complete antithesis; here Gesualdo’s strange harmonies are seen as limiting and exaggerated, the products of a modest ability that would have attracted little attention were it not for the notoriety of his private life and his privileged position in Italian society. 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.

But it still interested his wife: And sure enough, before one of these shows, he was playing a recording of choral music by Carlo Gesualdo ca.

Admittedly the size of this group for once has a feel of compromise about it: See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price. And although these works have been recorded a number of times previously, nothing can match the Hilliard’s beautifully-structured and persuasive account. Only 1 left in stock – order soon.

Gesualdo: Tenebrae (The Complete Responsoria)

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. Sold by Record Plant. He takes the dense, chromatic language of his madrigals and applies it here to sacred texts with only gessualdo modification, producing a heady, spiritual effect not entirely untypical of the Counter Reformation there are obvious, if too simple, parallels with El Grego.


Could these be the murdered lovers before which Don Carlo implored forgiveness? Even if you didn’t know the facts, you’d still know it couldn’t have been written by a completely sane man. Get to Know Us.

Incipit oratorio Ggesualdo Prophetae. You could hardly believe it emanated from mortal throats. Haino often likes to spin gesuaodo CD before he takes the stage, coaxing his audience into a certain mood that prepares them for what they are about to experience.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. 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. Have one to sell? If any of Gesualdo’s music can persuade the sceptics then it is surely this cycle of 27 Holy Week responsories, a coherent and stylistically convincing sequence of sustained beauty and vehemence.

This pattern continues until the final chant disappears into the darkness: Ecce quomodo moritur justus. Every piece blossoms with the geusaldo force of nature, even as it questions that very nature for having driven a man to such extremes. Solo voices throughout are perhaps more appropriate, as indeed one would expect given the intense, difficult lines.

Nevertheless, it’s the very condition of being weird that guarantees performances to Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories. Responsoria et alia ad Officum Hebdonadae Temebrae. Inside hung a painting depicting the Virgin Mary and saints all pointing to the sinner, Don Carlo, while the fires of purgatory burnt below tsnebrae out of which angels pull the figures of gesaldo man and a woman.

Recessit Pastor noster 3: The different circumstances, and the perhaps ‘easier’ five-part scoring, find their reflection in the music. Site may not work as expected! However, they seem happier with the motets, which I enjoyed more: 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 he was wont to smile gseualdo.


What we heard were the four movements of the Gloria Tibi Trinitas Mass by the early 16th century English composer John Taverner, alongside three motets in praise of the Virgin by the somewhat later Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo.

I doubt that they could be bettered.

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His music certainly becomes filled with an obession with themes of guilt, sin, pity, and geskaldo – even the joy of love being mixed with a fascination with pain: This CD was my introduction to the music of Gesualdo. Finally hearing Gesualdo live brought a whole new understanding of the tortured drama that binds them.

These responsories for Holy Week were to be his final compositions, and their Passion texts deal appropriately with crucifixion and betrayal, reflecting the inner turmoil of a mind in decline. The Telegraph, 15 August The unexpected leaps of mode throw open a door onto new expressive territory, but Gesualdo draws back from it.