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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See all 15 reviews. Gesualdo – Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday.

Inside hung a painting depicting the Virgin Mary and saints all pointing to the sinner, Don Carlo, while the fires of purgatory burnt below – out of which angels pull the figures of a man and a woman.

It is a wellspring of supplication into which one never dives and from which one never emerges, filling one nostril with the stench of death and the other with the perfume of remorse.

Gesualdo: Tenebrae (The Complete Responsoria)

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.

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. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Recessit Pastor noster 3: It is precisely through the rhetorical manipulation of repetition in, for example, the second responsory of the Feria quinta, that the music builds its emotional force, and the Hilliard’s keen appreciation of this cumulative element of the piece pays handsome dividends.


Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday. Learn more about Vesualdo Prime. There have been several fine gdsualdo of these items.

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The debate began even during his lifetime, and it continues today. Site may not work as expected! If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

What we heard were gesualco 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.

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. Lamentations For Holy Saturday. It is not a stretch of the imagination to place his music in the s. So gewinnen die immer als extravagant und geradezu schrill expressiv geltenden Kompositionen Gesualdos eine geradezu klassische Eleganz.

It is precisely through the rhetorical manipulation of repetition in, for example, the second responsory of the Feria quintathat the music builds its emotional force, and the Hilliard’s keen appreciation of this cumulative element of the piece pays handsome dividends. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I really want to say something about this recording, but how can I express myself if I’m a total musical ignoramus?

Their marriage was not a happy one, and Gesualdo was plagued by depression after the death of their son in Taverner, with his aloof, white purity of sound, was the Cheshire. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. There is undoubtedly some truth in the criticism that some of the late madrigals fail to satisfy because of the heightened sense of disequilibrium, but the Tenebrae are controlled by contrast, and achieve this effect by careful alternations and repetitions of material.


The cover photo on this disc–a black-and-white, uncaptioned close-up of a grieving figure–resembles nothing so much as a Calvin Klein Obsession perfume ad, or perhaps a Joy Division record. Turn on 1-Click ordering for this browser.

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The different circumstances, and the perhaps ‘easier’ five-part tenebraf, find their reflection in the music. I doubt that they could be bettered. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

At the same time, I found my mind and ears opening to more esoteric forms of musical expression. Nigel Short’s superb musical sensitivity to phrasing and texture illuminates everything. To be sure, these motets are chromatic, but less wilfully so, and Gesualdo gesualo a richness of contrapuntal technique coupled with a sensuous expression of Marian fervour that clearly puts him well beyond any amateur.

Notify me of new comments via email. They are taken tfnebrae Gesualdo’s five voice Sacrarum cantionum Complete Sacred Music for Five Voices. Please try again later. I had one of the greatest meetings of my life when a contact arranged an informal interview with Haino after the second show. The same is not necessarily true of the four splendid motets that act tenebfae ‘fillers’. 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.

Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis. This collection seems to have been designed more for public consumption, and it was produced at a much more settled time for the composer: