Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres; Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday

The sombre rituals of Maundy Thursday, as the church prepares to mark the events of Good Friday which must precede the celebration of Easter, have inspired composers throughout the centuries. The two settings for the Office of Tenebrae recorded here may be widely divergent in style, but both capture a hypnotic sense of atmosphere.

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