Notes and Editorial Reviews
Carlo Gesualdo has become notorious, not only from his royalty but for the eccentricities of his life and music. Gruesomely murdering his first wife and her lover, mistreating his second wife and isolating himself have all fuelled the "myth of Gesualdo as a madman". Gesualdo turned his prodigious compositional talent to the creation of a collection of pieces that betray his obsession with his own personal sin. The five-voice motets on this release speak as strongly as Gesualdo's words ever could.
The Marian Consort have established a reputation for singing of the highest quality and precision, and this release only does more to confirm that.They present here all nineteen
motets from his five-voice collection, and they do so in singing of impeccable blend and deep musical sensitivity. The first thing that strikes you is the crystalline clarity of their sound, and that’s a tribute both to the musicians and to the beautifully resonant recording.
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These are impeccable performances, easily the finest on record.
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Works on This Recording
Sacrae Cantiones, Book 1 by Carlo Gesualdo
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