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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories, Benedictus & Miserere

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  • Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
  • Audio CD (19 Feb 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000MM0CB8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 1 "In monte Oliveti oravit ad Patrem" 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 1 "Tristis est anima mea" 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 1 "Ecce vidimus eum" 6:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 2 "Amicus meus osculi me tradidit" 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 2 "Juda mercator pessimus osculo petiit" 2:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 2 "Unus ex discipulis" 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 3 "Eram quasi agnus innocens" 5:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 3 "Una hora non potuistis vigilare mecum" 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gesualdo : Responses for Maundy Thursday [Feria quinta] : Nocturno 3 "Seniores populi consilium fecerunt" 5:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gesualdo : Miserere [Psalm 50] 6:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 1 "Omnes amici mei dereliquerunt me" 5:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 1 "Velum templi scissum est" 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 1 "Vinea mea electa, ego te plantavi" 4:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 2 "Tanquam ad latronem existis cum gladiis et fustibus" 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 2 "Tenebrae factae sunt, dum crucifixissent Jesum Judaei" 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 2 "Animam meam dilectam tradidi in manus iniquorum" 6:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 3 "Tradiderunt me in manus impiorum" 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 3 "Jesum tradidit impius summis principibus" 3:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Gesualdo : Responses for Good Friday [Feria sexta] : Nocturnus 3 "Caligaverunt oculi mei fletu meo" 5:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Gesualdo : Benedictus [Canticle of Zachariah] 4:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 1 "Sicut ovis ad occisionem ductus est" 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 1 "Jerusalem, surge" 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 1 "Plange quasi virgo plebs mea" 5:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 2 "Recessit pastor noster" 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 2 "O vos omnes" 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 2 "Ecce quomodo moritur justus" 5:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 3 "Astiterunt reges terrae" 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 3 "Aestimatus sum cum descendentibus in lacum" 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Gesualdo : Responses for Holy Saturday : Nocturnus 3 "Sepulto Domino signatum est monumentum" 4:540.79  Buy MP3 


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1.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy 22 Feb 2010
By Dennis
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Gesualdo's music for tenebrae is some of the most outrageous and arresting music from the Renaissance, and holds it own against the 20th century avant-garde. Sadly, this recording doesn't capture that.

From technical point of view, what makes this music so stunning are the extraordinary harmonic shifts and bizarre intervals, all which serve to accentuate the text. Unfortunately, less than optimum intonation, differing approaches to vibrato, and in some cases, just plain clumsy ensemble, serve to obscure rather than reveal and accentuate the text and the meaning.

The third disc contains the responsoria for Holy Saturday which - judging from a very unscientific skim of Google - seem to be better known and more recorded, is the least disappointing.

Both The Tallis Scholars and Collegium Vocale do better choral recordings, and for a one-to-a-part, I'd recommend the Hilliard Ensemble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 5 Jun 2012
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I must add a review to praise these excellent and moving versions of the Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday by this French group. I have their excellent box of Josquin's masses, which in my opinion have not been equalled. I adore the version of these works by the Tallis Scholars but have to agree with the recent reviewer that as in many Hilliard Ensemble recorded performances, they sound uninvolved and yes a bit boring. I have owned the Hilliard's ECM set since these came out in the mid-1990's and whilst there is a lot to admire in that group's perfect intonation I more often return to these performance, also well recorded and at bargain price on this Warner Apex twofer incarnation. No need to hesitate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but... 30 Sep 2013
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It is great to have a full recording the Tenebrae. Think that I may still prefer the Hilliard Ensemble .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anguished 5 Jun 2012
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If you are looking for a technically impeccable reading of Gesualdo's great music, you may do better to go for the Tallis Scholars' or Hilliard Ensemble's detached (and slightly boring) versions. A Sei Voci, on the other hand, takes risks, and the result is, on these as well as many other disks, spellbinding interpretations that one keeps coming back to time and again. Here they do not only give us the amazing sometimes nearly a-tonal language of Gesualdo within a context of polyhphonic procedures that were already a bit old-fashioned at the time, but also the passion and anguish the music can express when sung this way. You won't hear the angelic choirs so many people seem to look for in Renaissance music, but Gesualdo's fear of judgement, death, and maybe sometimes his hope of forgiveness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Voices 2 July 2009
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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"A Sei Voci" is one of the more eccentric ensembles in 'Early Music' today. Eccentricity might be taken for adventuresomeness, but not all of their experiments succeed. They've recorded the fabulous 'Miserere' by Gregorio Allegri using a written-out set of ornaments that remind me of the toys called 'transformers.' They produced two CDs of Josquin masses using a choir of children to sing the superius, with perhaps interesting but musically incoherent results.

It might seem that eccentricity would suit the music of Carlo Gesualdo (1561-1613), but in my opinion, the composer prince built in enough expressive originality without mandating any extra eccentricity from mere performers. The 'Six Voices' have chosen to sing these Tenebrae Responsories with a thin, slightly withheld "head voice" throughout. The effect, to my ears, is expressively penitential some of the time, but also stifled much of the time. Such a timbre would seem more suitable if Gesualdo had been French rather than Italian. If the six men sang this way in a side-chapel of a cathedral, without mikes, they'd be heard only by each other.

A more objective criticism is that the tuning is not flawless. Gesualdo is notoriously hard to sing, with all his oddly prepared dissonances and his strange chromaticism. However, the chromatics only achieve poignancy when the consonances are perfect. If you listen carefully to the chords with which the polyphony resolves, at the ends of sections, you'll hear what I mean even if you are not yourself a singer. Those chords are preponderantly simple triadic majors or minors, and A Sei Voci often fails to 'nail' them.

There are virtues to this performance, nevertheless. The ensemble is well-balanced and transparent enough to reveal the inner voices at all times. The rhythmic interpretation is excellent. I can imagine finding this performance 'spiritually' uplifting and meditative.

Of all Gesualdo's works, the Tenebrae Responsoria have been most often recorded, and because they are so musically curious, every performance sounds wildly different. The Hilliard Ensemble recorded all three evenings' Responses - Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday -as A Sei Voci has done. Andrew Parrot and the Taverner Consort have recorded the Responses for Good Friday, in the context of the plainchant antiphons, psalms and lectios, giving a sounder idea of what this music was about and how it might have been heard in 1611. Philippe Herreweghe and the Ensemble Vocal Européen have recorded just the responsories for Sabbato Sancto, but have included four very plangent motets by Gesualdo, and an impressive 'Requiem' by the modern composer Sandro Gorli (b. 1948). For one reason or another, I find myself more likely to listen to any of those three recordings than to the CDs by A Sei Voci.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative 20 Dec 2012
By Fred T. Isquith - Published on Amazon.com
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Gesulado's musical reflections for the Tenebrae service(s) held during Holy Week are one of the truly great contemplative works on the subject. That said, this recording is a second choice. The hands down master recording of this work is by the Hilliard group of more than a decade ago. Last I looked it was out of print and hard to acquire. If so, then, this recording is an excellent alternative selection.

The musical reflections are not for Christians only by any means. Rather, they stand on their own (and without the translation) as music of a most extraordinary nature. It is not easy listening - not at all; the work seeks to comment on the shadows and darkening which are the coming tragedy.
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