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Gesualdo - Death For 5 Voices - A Film By Werner Herzog

Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 102055  
Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Alan CurtisGerald Place
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso BaroccoGesualdo Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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A Film by Werner Herzog

Il Complesso Barocco (leader: Alan Curtis), Gesualdo Consort of London (leader: Gerald Place)

Special features:
- Biography of Don Carlo Gesualdo
- Audio Commentary by Werner Herzog

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 101 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 5)

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DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES —The Composer Carlo Gesualdo A film by Werner Herzog. Music by Alan Curtis, cond; Il Complesso Barocco; Gesualdo Consort of London ARTHAUS MUSIC 102 055 (DVD; 60:00)

This documentary, filmed in Italy, was produced for ZDF, the German television network, in 1995; presumably the DVD release is new. The musical content is limited to a few madrigals and one Tenebrae responsory, while the tour guide shows us through the places associated with Gesualdo’s life. The soundtrack is in English, frequently translating comments made onscreen. Guides lead the filmmakers around the castle of Gesualdo, where he spent his last years, and other buildings associated with Gesualdo’s life. The two musical ensembles happen to be present from time to time, and Curtis comments on the music several times. There is some emphasis on the spirits who haunt the places, and of course the murder of his spouse and her lover occupy a prominent place in the story. This is a throughly fascinating documentary that many music lovers will enjoy.

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Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Gerald Place
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco,  Gesualdo Consort

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