Gesualdo - Responsoria 1611 | Phi LPH010

Gesualdo - Responsoria 1611


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Label: Phi

Cat No: LPH010

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st October 2013



Collegium Vocale Gent


Philippe Herreweghe


Gesualdo, Carlo

Tenebrae Responsories


Collegium Vocale Gent


Philippe Herreweghe


The second project by Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe for Phi, focussing on Renaissance music, is devoted to one of the most remarkable of all composers: Carlo Gesualdo.

Both his life, characterised by extravagant and excessive behaviour, and his compositions left their mark on the history of music. Although best known for his secular music, he also wrote an almost equivalent number of sacred works that demonstrate his fervent faith.

The Tenebrae Responsories comprise a set of pieces for Holy Week, in all twenty-seven motets for six voices, a psalm, and a hymn, published under his own supervision in 1611. As in his madrigals, the music is underpinned by many unexpected chromatic variations that create expressive images evoking tears, the earthquake, the despair of Christ on the cross, etc.

The acoustics of the church of the village of Asciano in Tuscany, where the programme was recorded in 2011, create the perfect soundscape for this music.

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