Notes and Editorial Reviews
2013 marks the 400th anniversary of Gesualdo’s death. One of the most visionary composers of his time, he wrote the Tenebrae Responsories for Easter Week, and his anniversary year offers the opportunity to further explore his music, and his fascinating story, with fresh eyes and ears.
The works for Holy Saturday, featured here, remain a cornerstone of his extraordinary oeuvre.
A game-changing, risk-taking approach to composition, combined with a tortured personal life, makes Gesualdo one of the most fascinating composers in history.
Prince of Venosa, Count of Conza, nobleman, outenist, composer and double-murderer, his life-story provides the perfect, intense back-drop to some of the most
remarkable choral music ever written.
The companion work to the Responsories is a set of Lamentations by Tomás Luis de Victoria, a contemporary of Gesualdo.
Tenebrae is widely considered to be one of the finest choirs in the world, having garnered praise for their numerous award-winning recordings. Most recently, they won the BBC Music Magazine 2012 Award for “Best Choral Group”.
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