Responsories and Lamentations for Holy Saturday. A great darkness obscuring the light, but not the light of faith it seems; not for Gesualdo. I must have heard the famous ECM Tenebrae album, or some of it, but until I listened to this CD I never heard the music. I suppose some might know of Gesualdo's notoriety but this will awaken your conscientiousness to the beauty and intensity of his unique musical imagination, for Tenebrae's singing is powerful and exquisite, the direction delving into the darkest shadows (and they are very dark indeed). One thing is for sure: Gesualdo will hold your attention.
And when the constant stream of surprises is exhausted, there are Lamentations composed by Victoria, for my money the author of the most beautiful music of the 16th century.
Notes, texts and translations, photos. A CD worthy of heavy rotation.