Gesualdo / Victoria - Responsories And Lamentations For Holy Saturday [+digital booklet]
 
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Gesualdo / Victoria - Responsories And Lamentations For Holy Saturday [+digital booklet]

4 Mar 2013

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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In primo nocturno - Responsorium I: Sicut ovis ad occasionem Tenebrae
3:54
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In primo nocturno - Responsorium II: Jerusalem, surge Tenebrae
3:42
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In primo nocturno - Responsorium III: Plange quasi virgo Tenebrae
5:01
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In secundo nocturno - Responsorium IV: Recessit Pastor noster Tenebrae
3:55
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In secundo nocturno - Responsorium V: O vos omnes Tenebrae
4:13
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In secundo nocturno - Responsorium VI: Ecce quomodo moritur justus Tenebrae
6:02
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In tertia nocturno - Responsorium VII: Astiterunt reges terrae Tenebrae
2:28
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In tertia nocturno - Responsorium VIII: Aestimatus sum Tenebrae
3:55
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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Holy Saturday / In tertia nocturno - Responsorium IX: Sepulto Domino Tenebrae
6:46
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Gesualdo: Miserere Tenebrae
8:46
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de Victoria: Lamentations For Holy Saturday - Lectio I: Heth. Misericordiae Domini Tenebrae
5:51
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de Victoria: Lamentations For Holy Saturday - Lectio II: Aleph. Quomodo obscuratum Tenebrae
4:58
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de Victoria: Lamentations For Holy Saturday - Lectio III: Incipit oratorio Jeremiae Prophetae Tenebrae
7:52
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de Victoria: Jesu dulcis memoria Tenebrae
2:02
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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
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  • Total Length: 1:09:25
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  • ASIN: B00BMH1CWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plangent polish 11 Mar 2013
By William Burn VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Gesualdo, as every cliché about the chap goes, was a proper nut-job. I mean, really, really bonkers. Killed people and stuff. Listening to his music, you'd know it, too. Lots of shifting harmonies, pushing the language of the Renaissance to the point that Pound pushed the the English language, and he's the very devil to sing well. Which is partly why this recording is so impressive: it's absolutely immaculate, beautifully polished singing from start to finish. The thing is, I can't help but think it's just a touch too polished.

Gesualdo's tenebrae responsories were written for Holy Saturday, that dark day between the abjection of Good Friday and the utter joy of Easter Sunday, and they evoke the anguished mood in dark, richly sonorous music. Along with these is Gesualdo's setting of Psalm 51 ('Miserere'), which, although it resembles the more famous setting by Allegri in its use of antiphonal plainchant and polyphonic sections, is worlds away in terms of mood and texture, eschewing the high treble for a low, sombre texture. The disc is made up with some of Victoria's settings of the Lamentations and his wonderful 'Jesu dulcis memoria.' All of this music is very fine indeed, and deserves a place in any collection.

However, I'm not sure I can give my wholehearted approval to this performance. Whereas I am normally a huge fan of Tenebrae's work, admiring their full-throated, forthright delivery, this all seems a bit too restrained and polished for me. The dissonances are too perfectly tuned, and the vocal blend comes at the expense of feeling like every syllable is deeply, passionately felt. Hearing this disc made me return to an old cd by the Tallis scholars
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime pairing 30 Mar 2013
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This programme juxtaposes two markedly different sound-worlds in its celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, pairing his music with that of Tomás Luis De Victoria, whose same anniversary was two years ago .

The two composers' lives and musical idioms present a striking contrast: Gesualdo was an austere Italian aristocrat whose life post-1590 was marked by depression following his perpetration of one of the most celebrated crimes passionels of his age; de Victoria was a Spanish priest who led a serene life of unruffled devotion to God and music, dying the most celebrated composer of the time, honoured by Popes, Cardinals and Emperors.

Gesualdo's music is characterised by the alternation of slow, tortured or reflective, wildly chromatic passages with faster, diatonic sections. Any text making reference to words connected with suffering, grief, remorse and repentance is given special prominence, reflecting his inner torment. While Gesualdo exploits chromatic slides and disturbing semitone side-steps, De Victoria's style is comparatively simple, avoiding counterpoint and a relying upon solid octave and fifth interval cadences of a serene and consolatory nature, whereas the prevailing interval in Gesualdo is the "disturbing" second. Obviously this is a generalisation, as Gesualdo, too, just occasionally suggests something closer to faith or consolation, as in the great lament "Jerusalem" in his Second Responsory; correspondingly, de Victoria was not above employing "forbidden" intervals or putting dramatic emphasis upon specific words.
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By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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.
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