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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Conveying intensity through restraint is what the Tallis Scholars have been doing so wonderfully these past 40 years.

It is the strength and careful articulation of the gesusldo that is the key to the success of the Hilliard’s deliberate and marked approach to the music; it functions as the motor of the style and permits the thoughtful presentation of the inner part-writing that is one of the many fine points of the interpretation.

The recorded sound really is superb and amongst the finest of a capella music as I have ever heard. Years later, Tenwbrae find that its mysteries still evade me.

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

With these performaces the Gesualdo legend lives on. 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.

If any of Gesualdo’s music can persuade the sceptics then it is surely this gesualxo of 27 Holy Week responsories, a coherent and stylistically convincing sequence of sustained beauty and vehemence.

This, coupled with my growing interest in Japan, led me to discover Haino Keiji, who after decades is still the reigning troubadour of the Japanese underground and whose discography numbers well over renebrae. The contrary, revisionist view tenebrze 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.


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I really want to say something about this recording, but how can I express myself if I’m a total musical ignoramus? The repetitions make sense, but the use of the full choir 12 voices is perhaps a little misguided: We had one just the other day, when Vaughan Williams and Nishat Khan appeared side-by-side, to their mutual discomfort.

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It is not a stretch of the imagination to place his music in the s. Even in the greatest moments of upheaval they retain earthly shape. At the same time, I found my mind and ears opening to more esoteric forms of musical expression.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Anyone seeking a taste of Gesualdo in his various guises, plus an insight into late Renaissance chromaticism, could do much worse than start here. The Hilliard Ensemble brings out the nuances of Gesualdo’s masterwork. Overview Reviews Edition Website. Next rainy day, put this CD on, sit back, and relax.

Tenebrae Responsoria (Gesualdo)

Allied to this attention to the complex gestural quality of the music is a rare grasp of the overall architecture of individual responsories. But it still interested his wife: English Choose a language for shopping. 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 joyfully.

They have been recorded twice before, once by a full choir, once by solo voices.

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Please try again later. Write a customer review. The unexpected leaps of mode throw open a door onto new expressive territory, but Gesualdo draws back from it. 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.


Thus the singers probably do about as much justice to the music as possible. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. We know what a real chalk-and-cheese Prom is like. This recording of Gesualdo comes closest to saving him from the musicologists. Peter Phillips chooses to perform the nine responsories for the three nocturns of Matins on Holy Saturday paraliturgically, with alternations of tutti and solo voices and appropriate repetitions in which case it might have been tempting to provide in chant the lessons which the responsories accompany so as to space out Gesualdo’s chromatic wanderings.

Incipit oratorio Jeremiae Prophetae 7: Audio CD Verified Purchase. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Ecce quomodo moritur justus 6: Finally hearing Gesualdo live brought a whole new understanding of the tortured drama that binds them. Historically there have been two quite different views about Gesualdo and his music. Gesualdo concentrates on the expression of individual words, which are isolated and subjected to an astonishing repertoire of aurally stunning musical effects chromatic verses diatonic, imitative verses homophonicwith violent contrasts in scoring and speed, and all seemingly regardless of large-scale structure.

Gesualdo – Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday. Page gesusldo of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Sicut ovis ad occasionem 3: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Admittedly the size of this group for once has a feel of compromise about it: The performance is of a rapt concentration and intensity that underline the music’s contemplative emotional power. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.