Gesualdo: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia

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Gesualdo: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia

Awards:

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - July 2014

Label:

Glossa

Catalogue No:

GCD922803

Discs:

3

Release date:

10th March 2014

Barcode:

8424562228030

Length:

3 hours 5 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Gesualdo: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia


La Compagnia del Madrigale

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The 'Responsoria' by Carlo Gesualdo, published in 1611, represent a remarkable emotional outpouring in sacred repertory from a composer who was living out his final years amidst melancholy thoughts and an increasingly precarious state of health. It was also significant that these pieces for Holy Week should appear in the same year as the complex Sixth Book of Madrigals: an association which La Compagnia del Madrigale are keen to emphasise in this striking new recording for Glossa. Having already wowed the critics with the madrigals, La Compagnia, which includes singers of the calibre and experience of Giuseppe Maletto, Daniele Carnovich and Rossana Bertini, turns its attention to subject matter covering torment, suffering, blood and death.

Over 3 CDs Gesualdo’s creative musical response to the Passion of Christ is interspersed with spiritual madrigals from some of his best-known contemporaries: Luzzaschi, Marenzio, de Macque and Vinci, whose religious texts further underline the madrigalesque nature of the Responsoria. Also included are two comparative rarities from Gesualdo’s sacred output, 'In te Domine speravi' and 'Ne reminiscaris, Domine'.

Carlo Gesualdo: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: In monte Oliveti

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Tristis est anima mea

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Ecce vidimus eum

Giovanni de Macque: I' vo piangendo I miei passati tempi

I' vo piangendo I miei passati tempi

Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Amicus meus osculi

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Judas mercator pessimus

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Unus ex discipulis meis

Luzzasco Luzzaschi: S'omai d'ogni su' errore

S'omai d'ogni su' errore

Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Eram quasi agnus innocens

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Una hora non potuistis

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Seniores populi consilium

Carlo Gesualdo: In te, Domine, speravi

In te, Domine, speravi

Carlo Gesualdo: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Omnes amici mei

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Velum templi scissum est

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Vinea mea electa, ego te plantavi

Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Quivi sospiri, pianti e alti guai

Quivi sospiri, pianti e alti guai

Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Tanquam ad latronem

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Tenebrae factae sunt

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Animam meam dilectam

Luca Marenzio: E questo il legno che del sacro sangue

E questo il legno che del sacro sangue

Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Tradiderunt me

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Iesum tradidit impius

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Caligaverunt oculi mei

Carlo Gesualdo: Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel

Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel

Carlo Gesualdo: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Sicut ovis

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Jerusalem, surge

Responsory - 1st Nocturne: Plange quasi virgo

Carlo Gesualdo: Sparge la morte al mio Signor nel viso

Sparge la morte al mio Signor nel viso

Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Recessit pastor noster

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: O vos omnes

Responsory - 2nd Nocturne: Ecce quomodo moritur iustus

Pietro Vinci: Le braccia aprendo in croce

Le braccia aprendo in croce

Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Astiterunt reges terrae

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Aestimatus sum

Responsory - 3rd Nocturne: Sepulto Domino

Carlo Gesualdo: Miserere mei, Deus

Miserere mei, Deus

Carlo Gesualdo: Ne reminiscaris, Domine

Ne reminiscaris, Domine

The Guardian

6th March 2014

****

“the group's meticulous attention to every verbal nuance and to all the chromatic inflections and dissonant clashes in Gesualdo's often tortured harmonies makes its point. It's wonderfully accomplished singing, very unlike any other performance of these strangely compelling pieces that I've heard, and thought-provoking at the same time.”

Sunday Times

27th April 2014

“This is devotional music of mesmerising beauty, the state-of-the-art performances interspersed with spiritual madrigals by Luzzaschi, Marenzio and Vinci...This intense, boldly chromatic music of lamentation is rarely heard Eastertide material, especially programmed as comprehensively as here by the six elite singers.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2014

*****

“This new recording...surpasses all others. The singers not only reveal the depths of Gesualdo's emotional understanding, but also his formal, harmonic and textural control...La Compagnia del Madrigale are sensitive to every word of the text as well as to every note of the music. All in all, a superb recital.”

Early Music Today

Summer 2014

“beautifully sung”

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