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Gesualdo: Responsoria, Miserere Mei Deus, Etc / Picotti


Release Date: 08/06/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 430832   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Powerful, intense and persuasive, these interpretations place the relationship of words to music at the forefront of consideration.

The performance of early music has had a somewhat indifferent history in Italy. In a country where the nineteenth-century opera house tradition remains so powerful, bolstered by the teaching methods and priorities of the conservatories, it is not surprising that arguments about the very different approaches necessary to secure attentive and sensitive interpretations of pre-baroque music have made comparatively little headway. That they have done so at all is due to a small band of enthusiasts, among whom must be counted Livio Picotti and the Padua Centro Musica Antica Choir. Nevertheless,
Read more for all its technical control and evident commitment to the style of Gesualdo's writing, this new record is still quite attached to older styles of performance. It is true that there are no rules in this business, but the decision to use such large forces, (12 singers for the Sacrae canhones; 18 for the responsories), makes it clear that this is a determined attempt to combat what Picotti obviously sees as the unsensual and austere results so often produced.

By the light of what is known about contemporary choir sizes Picotti's forces are clearly unjustified, but in the end he largely succeeds in achieving a series of convincing and dramatic performances despite some imprecisions of line. At times the speeds are perhaps a little too brisk to allow the detail to speak clearly, but the choir is well-disciplined, and successfully negotiates the technical complexities of Gesualdo's highly chromatic language with considerable aplomb. Powerful, intense and persuasive, these interpretations place the relationship of words to music at the forefront of consideration (Picotti's sleeve-note speaks of the "quest for a common understanding of the link between text and music"), and explores them without recourse to the crudely sensational underlinings that have become rather fashionable among some English groups. The five Marian motets that begin the record do not allow these qualities to emerge fully, but the account of the responsories (the ninth, "Caligaverunt oculi mei", is especially fine) is the match of any record of Gesualdo's music to be found in the current catalogue.

-- Gramophone [9/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Responsories (9), Feria 6 by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Language: Latin 
2.
Responsoria: Miserere by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Language: Latin 
3.
Ave, Regina coelorum by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1603; Venosa, Italy 
Language: Latin 
4.
Ave, dulcissima Maria by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1603; Venosa, Italy 
Language: Latin 
5.
Dignare me, laudare te by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
Language: Latin 
6.
Precibus et meritas beatae Mariae by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1603; Venosa, Italy 
Language: Latin 
7.
Maria, Mater gratiae by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Livio Picotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua Centre for Ancient Music Madrigalists
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1603; Venosa, Italy 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Sacrae Cantiones: Ave, Regina coelorum
Sacrae Cantiones: Ave, dulcissima maria
Sacrae Cantiones: Dignare me, laudare te
Sacrae Cantiones: Precibus et meritis beatae Mariae
Sacrae Cantiones: Maria, Mater gratiae
Miserere (Psalm 50)
Responsoria: Feria VI: 1. Omnes amici mei dereliquerunt me
Responsoria: Feria VI: 2. Velum templi scissum est
Responsoria: Feria VI: 3. Vinea mea electa
Responsoria: Feria VI: 4. Tamquam ad latronem
Responsoria: Feria VI: 5. Tenebrae factae sunt
Responsoria: Feria VI: 6. Animam meam dilectam
Responsoria: Feria VI: 7. Tradiderunt me in manus impiorum
Responsoria: Feria VI: 8. Jesum tradidit impius
Responsoria: Feria VI: 9. Caligaverunt oculi mei fletu meo

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