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Illumina faciem tuam

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Psalm 30: 17-18

Gesualdo’s music is well known for its extreme style, with chromatic melodies creating dissonant and disjointed harmonic progressions that illuminate the most melancholy aspects of the dark texts he set. The sacred motet Illumina faciem tuam, with its startling harmonic shifts and expressive word-painting, is typical of the composer: listen for the gradual build-up between ‘salvum me’ (‘save me’) and ‘quoniam invocavi te’ (‘for I have called upon thee’), as the tension grows through ever more insistent repetitions.

from notes by Owain Park © 2020


Studio Master: CDA68285Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hyperion sampler - April 2020 Vol. 2
FREE DOWNLOADHYP202004BDownload-only sampler


Track 2 on CDA68285 [3'37]
Track 2 on HYP202004B [3'37] Download-only sampler

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