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From an early age Gesualdo was obsessed with music. To begin with it seems that he was ashamed of this, perhaps for social reasons, and cultivated a pseudonym (Gioseppe Pilonij). However, public interest in him brought his secret into the open, and there are many contemporary testimonies to his abilities as a composer. One of the strongest influences on him was the musical establishment of Alfonso II d’Este in Ferrara, especially the virtuoso singing of ‘the three ladies’ and the avant-garde compositions of such court composers as Luzzaschi. Through his publications Gesualdo became respected as more than an accomplished amateur at composition and, from about 1595, he tried to establish his own group of court musicians at his castle of Gesualdo, near Naples. The last years of his life were spent in seclusion at Gesualdo where his intense melancholia drove him to the verge of insanity. His second wife tried several times to obtain a divorce from him.
from notes by Peter Phillips © 1987
|Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday|
'Is this great music or merely weird?' wrote John Milsom in his review of this album in Gramophone. Gesualdo's sacred music, like his secular madrigals, is both eccentric and passionate.» More
Sacred Music from the Renaissance Era for Celestial and Secular Radio. When Peter Phillips founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973 sacred vocal music from the Renaissance Era was seldom heard on radio. Now it is firmly established as one of the great ...» More
|Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works|
Stravinsky’s choral work Les Noces—the epitome of his ‘Russian’ style—is placed in context in this recording where the New London Chamber Choir are joined by the Voronezh Chamber Choir who bring an authentic Russian sound to the ensemble.» More
|The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe|
Magnificat's debut album on Linn Records, exploring the music of Palestrina, Josquin and others.» More
|Ave regina caelorumThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)» More|
|Ave, dulcissima MariaThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)» More|
|Maria, mater gratiaeThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)» More|
|Precibus et meritisThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)» More|
|Tenebrae Responsories for Holy SaturdayThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)» More|
|Tres sacrae cantionesNew London Chamber Choir, James Wood (conductor)» More|
|Assumpta est Maria|
|Astiterunt reges terrae|
|Ave regina caelorum (Gesualdo)|
|Ave, dulcissima Maria (Gesualdo)|
|Da pacem Domine|
|Ecce quomodo moritur iustus|
|Maria, mater gratiae (Gesualdo)|
|O vos omnes|
|Plange quasi virgo|
|Precibus et meritis (Gesualdo)|
|Recessit pastor noster|
|Sicut ovis ad occisionem|
|Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (Gesualdo)|
|Tres sacrae cantiones (Gesualdo/Stravinsky)|