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Gesualdo: Tenebrae, Responses for Good Friday / Taverner Consort & Choir, Parrott

Album Summary

>Gesualdo, Carlo : Responsories (9) for Good Friday, for 6 voices, Feria 6
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

AVIE continues to mine the rich catalog of recordings by Andrew Parrott and his Taverner Consort & Choir with their seminal recording of Tenebra by Carlo Gesualdo, the harmonically adventurous and experimental 16th-century Italian composer. In this newly repackaged reissue of the composer's final group of sacred madrigals devoted to Good Friday, the Taverner singers navigate Gesualdo's highly symbolic polyphonic structures with idiomatic first-rate performances and incisive scholarship.

BBC Music Magazine

Early Music Today
Parrott's all-male ensemble sing the polyphony one tone lower than published, giving their performances a rich, burnished sound...the juxtaposition of chant and polyphony by Parrott and the Taverner Consort ensures that one's mind and thoughts are kept firmly focused on the inevitable destinations of this Lenten journey: a hill, a cross, an empty tomb.

MusicWeb International, 7th March 2014
Expressive vibrato is used judiciously in these performances, and with an organic sense of phrasing, sensitive dynamics and pretty good clarity of delivery when it comes to text, this is a fine recording with which I can live quite happily. Gesualdo's remarkably anguished harmonies are served very well indeed.

The Independent, 18th January 2014
Originally released in 2000, this recording of the three Nocturnes of Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responses for Good Friday reveals with glorious clarity the extraordinary vocal innovation of this extraordinary composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Bartholomew's Church, Orford, Suffolk (10/23/1996-10/25/1996).


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>Gesualdo, Carlo : Responsories (9) for Good Friday, for 6 voices, Feria 6
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Notes: St Bartholomew's Church, Orford, Suffolk (10/23/1996-10/25/1996)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1611