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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So gewinnen die immer als extravagant und geradezu schrill expressiv geltenden Kompositionen Gesualdos eine geradezu klassische Eleganz.

Gesualdo: Tenebrae (The Complete Responsoria)

ECM clearly wishes to underline the proto-modernism and obsessive despondency that sets Gesualdo famously apart from his Renaissance contemporaries. I implore ECM to keep it readily available. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Incipit oratorio Jeremiae Prophetae. Don Carlo fathered a son, after which he lost interest in sex. Formally they are indeed responsories; but Gesualdo, proceeding as he does by idea, shifting constantly in the local service of the words, and laying particular emphasis on the pathetic and the harrowing elements in his texts, is not really interested in continuity, and it is because of this that his settings are, in the final analysis, so inherently unmusical.

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Solo voices throughout are perhaps more appropriate, as indeed one would expect given the intense, difficult lines. 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. The same is not necessarily true of etnebrae four splendid motets that act as ‘fillers’.

Ships from and sold by gatefold-records. They have been recorded twice before, once by geaualdo full choir, once by solo voices. One day in October of he surreptitiously disabled his locks, then accounced that he would go out to hunt. Although the Hilliard Ensemble had been singing this music for decades, David James still said: Finally hearing Gesualdo live brought a whole new understanding of the tortured drama that binds them.


Even here, though, Gesualdo declares himself to be no slave to modesty or economy. Tenebrae’s faultless gesuado and balance bring the sacred texts to life, including some wild modulations and sudden side-slips. Years later, I find that its mysteries still evade me. March Renebrae faultless control and balance bring the sacred texts to life, including some wild modulations and sudden side-slips. Inside hung a painting depicting the Virgin Mary and saints all pointing to the sinner, Don Carlo, while the fires of purgatory burnt below – tensbrae of which angels pull the figures of a man and a woman.

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Neapolitans were riveted, with as many taking the lovers’ side as that of their murderer. The Hilliards fearlessly journey through the vertigo inducing chromatic spirals leading into the strange, visionary world of this dark genius – a world into which other ensembles fear to treat, instead resorting to a sanitisation of the music to remove its sting – though who could blame them for wanting to?

This CD was my introduction to the music of Gesualdo.

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price. My favorite aspect of this recording is the cavernous sound of the church, gesuqldo reverberation in the hall brings a power to the 6-man group that one might expect from a 30 piece choir.

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: Missa in gallicantu Mass at Cockcrow.

Responsoria et alia ad Officum Hebdonadae Sanctae. However, they seem happier with the motets, which I enjoyed more: You are commenting using tenerae WordPress. Even in the greatest moments of upheaval they retain earthly shape. Complete Madrigals Audio CD. Nevertheless, it’s the very condition of being weird that guarantees performances to Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories.

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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. Showing of 15 reviews. His is the work of either a professional or a rank amateur, of either a genius or a madman.


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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. 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.

His henebrae certainly becomes filled with an obession with themes of guilt, sin, pity, and death – even the joy of love being mixed with a fascination with pain: Read reviews that mention hilliard gesualod david james ever heard carlo gesualdo gesualdo from music recording of gesualdo tenebrae musical composer sing harmonies men complete hilliards pain performances rich truly whose bass.

Incipit oratorio Jeremiae Prophetae 7: 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.

Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. 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. I doubt that they could be bettered. Sicut ovis ad occasionem. All the local poets were spurred into song, including the great Torquato Tasso, whose friendship with the protagonists gaverise to his tear-drenched sonnet “On the Death of Two Most Noble Lovers”.

The contrary, revisionist view stands in complete antithesis; here Gesualdo’s strange harmonies are seen as limiting and tenebre, 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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