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Gesualdo: Tenebrae [Original recording reissued]

Carlo Gesualdo , The Hilliard Ensemble Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Carlo Gesualdo, The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000025YNV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Carlo Gesualdo's name will always conjure up a special image: When he discovered that his wife had been unfaithful, he had her and her lover murdered and left on his palace steps, impaled on the same sword. Ghastly, but gripping--and, oddly enough, his harmonies, dissonances, upsetting chromatic passages, and general complexity can also be seen as "ghastly but gripping." Gesualdo was wealthy enough that he never had to depend on a patron; he could therefore write whatever he pleased, in whatever, far-out (to this day), experimental style he chose. His Tenebrae Responsoria are particularly thorny--they're a part of the religious service in which the church's candles are extinguished one at a time until the congregation is sitting in darkness--and Gesualdo's music is incredibly deep and troubling. And, I might add, magnificent. The Hilliards perform them ideally, with great technical accuracy, a sense of the weightiness of the text and music, and simply beautiful sound. This is an example of what makes the Hilliards so special. --Robert Levine

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring and terrifying June 13, 2005
By Sator
Format:Audio CD
Don Carlo Gesualdo (1560 - 1613) was an aristocrat rich, artistic, and - as the second son of a noble Neapolitan family - free to indulge his passion for music. But when his eldest brother died, it was decreed that Don Carlo should carry on the line. The bride found for him - Donna Maria d'Avalos - was the greatest beauty in town. Don Carlo fathered a son, after which he lost interest in sex. But it still interested his wife. One day his uncle confided to him that she was involved in a torrent affair with the handsome Duke of Andria, in which they would "invite each other to battle on the fields of love". Alerted to the fact that Don Carlo now knew of their liaisons, the Duke tried to persuade Donna Maria to end the affair, but she proclaimed she would sooner die. Thus was the scene set for Don Carlo's historic act.

One day in October of 1590 he secretly disabled his locks, then set out to hunt only to sneek back with a gang of henchmen in the still of night. The chronicles detail what happened next: about the night-dress Donna Maria asked to be put out on the bed, about the maid posted as sentinel, and the commotion as Don Carlo and his men kicked in the door to find the pair "in flagrante delicto di fragrante peccato". About the shots and multiple sword-thrusts, and the way Don Carlo personally skewered his wife to the floor all the while repeating to himself "I do not believe she is dead". He dragged their bodies onto the stairs, for all the horrifed towns peope to gape at next morning, posting a notice explaining why he had killed them. The Duke was still clad in a woman's night-gown, while Donna Maria's "wounds were all in her belly, and especially in those parts which ought to be kept honest".
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expressive, powerful performances of mannerist master October 4, 2000
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Gesualdo, the master of late-Renaissance mannerism, is given a spectacular reading here, with the Hilliard Ensemble in full flower. The tightly-bent harmonies will have you squirming delightfully in your headphones. A word of advice: Listen to these alone, unless your friends and family enjoy sudden outbursts of harmonies you'll be tempted to try. Don't worry though: If you have any troubles, the rock-solid Hilliards will carry you through.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Rainy Day March 25, 2005
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This CD was my introduction to the music of Gesualdo. It has been written that Gesualdo was 300 years ahead of his time with his intricate and dissonant harmonies, and I have to agree. It is not a stretch of the imagination to place his music in the 1950s. The music perfectly matches the dreary Latin texts dealing with the betrayal and crucifixion of Christ. I defy anyone to hear CD#1, track 2, and not get chills at the words "et ego vadim". The accompanying booklet, although more poetic and less biographic, contains some beautiful, appropriate photographs which express the mood of the music perfectly.

Anyone familiar with the recordings of the Hilliards needs not be told of their rich harmonies and precise intonation-it just needs to be heard. My favorite aspect of this recording is the cavernous sound of the church, the reverberation in the hall brings a power to the 6-man group that one might expect from a 30 piece choir. I can imagine that this is the way it was heard 300 years ago.

Although the music of Gesualdo may not be to the taste of someone tentatively delving into the Renaissance for the first time, it may deepen the appreciation of this period more than the myriads of recordings of instrumental dances and part-songs ever will. Next rainy day, put this CD on, sit back, and relax. You will pray for more rain.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing April 16, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I really want to say something about this recording, but how can I express myself if I'm a total musical ignoramus? So I'm just going to copy & paste a Grammophone review that says it the way I never could:
"Historically there have been two quite different views about Gesualdo and his music. The first, now of such standing to be almost traditional, is that he was a tortured genius whose personal unhappiness is directly reflected in a musical language whose intensity of expression, largely achieved through unusual choral juxtapositions and bold chromatic detailing, is truly prophetic. Leaving aside the clearly ahistorical aspects of this account (Gesualdo foreshadowing Wagner), it sees the Prince of Venosa as a great composer, a musician of such power as to attract the attention of Stravinsky among others. The contrary, revisionist view stands in complete antithesis; here Gesualdo's strange harmonies are seen as limiting and exaggerated, the products of a modest ability that would have attracted little attention were it not for the notoriety of his private life and his privileged position in Italian society.
If any of Gesualdo's music can persuade the sceptics then it is surely this cycle of 27 Holy Week responsories, a coherent and stylistically convincing sequence of sustained beauty and vehemence. And although these works have been recorded a number of times previously, nothing can match the Hilliard's beautifully-structured and persuasive account. The overall sound is eloquently rich, with clear bright and seductively contoured upper voices underpinned by a firm, resonant bass line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gesualdo: Tenebrae
Gesualdo: Tenebrae is a 1991 ECM Records recording starring the Hilliard Ensemble as they sing Respondria by Carlo Gesualdo. The booklet contains music notes and all the lyrics. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Extraordinary Music
I can't add much to the learned reviews already posted, other than to say this is superb recording of music that retains its strangeness even today. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by M. J. Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hilliard Ensemble and Don Carlo Gesualdo
The Hilliard Ensemble (DAVID JAMES countertenor, ROGERS COVEY-CRUMP tenor, STEVEN HARROLD tenor, GORDON JONES baritone) is one of the most sophisticated music groups of the day. Read more
Published on June 17, 2010 by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like It. Truly.
I agree with those reviewers that emphasize the gutsiness of the Hillards' take on the in-you-face contrapuntal/harmonic twists this music exacts from the singers. Read more
Published on August 4, 2009 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly gorgeous recording
Gesualdo's music, in and of itself, is breathtaking in every way. The harmonics are clearly of the composer's time, yet in places leap forward to the 20th century. Read more
Published on January 23, 2009 by A. F. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best Gesualdo on CD
I've had the original release of this performance in my collection for years, but I'd forgotten about it until reminded of the Tenebrae by another amaozon reviewer. Read more
Published on December 19, 2007 by Giordano Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring and terrifying
With these performaces the Gesualdo legend lives on.

Don Carlo Gesualdo (1560 - 1613) was rich, artistic, and - as the second son of a noble Neapolitan family - free to... Read more
Published on June 13, 2005 by Sator
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, what was that?
Is what your ear asks the whole time listening to this recording. Intonation is shaky throughout, specially in the bass part, tempos fast, and all the immense richness and... Read more
Published on December 16, 2002 by Fabio M Costa
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