Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responses for Maundy Thursday

Label: Signum (SIGCD048) | Year: 2004

Singers: David Hurley (countertenor), Robin Tyson (countertenor), Paul Phoenix (tenor), Philip Lawson (baritone), Gabriel Crouch (baritone), Stephen Connolly (bass)

This album is by the Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. He is considered to be one of the finest and certainly one of the most innovative composers of Italian madrigals in the late Renaissance. In this album we can found his use of dissonance and phrasing to be way ahead of his time, creating very beautiful and haunting choral music. The listener will get the most from this music by guiding their listening with the liner notes, in a meditative environment like the Abbey where it was recorded. The King’s Singers made considerable effort to be very picturesque in their interpretation of the Lessons of the Holy Week story making the music come to new life even though it was written 400 years ago.

Track Listing

  1. Lectio 1 Gregorian Chant 4:39
  2. In Monte Oliveti. Responsorie from 1st Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 4:39
  3. Tristis est anima mea. Responsorie from 1st Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 4:43
  4. Ecce vidimus eum. Responsorie from 1st Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 7:25
  5. Lectio 2 Carlo Gesualdo 4:16
  6. Amicus meus osculi. Responsorie from 2nd Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 3:53
  7. Judas mercator pessimus. Responsorie from 2nd Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 2:36
  8. Unus ex disciplus meis. Responsorie from 2nd Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 6:08
  9. Lectio 3 Carlo Gesualdo 3:56
  10. Eram quasi agnus innocens. Responsorie from 3rd Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 5:11
  11. Una hora non potuisti. Responsorie from 3rd Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 3:28
  12. Seniores populi consilium. Responsorie from 3rd Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 6:23
  13. Bendictus. Responsorie from 3rd Nocturn Carlo Gesualdo 7:46
  14. Christus factus est. Responsorie from 3rd Nocturn Gregorian Chant 0:55

 

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