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Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories / Victoria Lamentations for Holy Saturday

Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories / Victoria Lamentations for Holy Saturday

2013 marked Gesualdo’s 400th anniversary. With this, its debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Tenebrae takes the opportunity to celebrate this visionary composer and his contemporary, Victoria.

In these exquisite performances Tenebrae reaffirms its reputation as one of the leading exponents of Renaissance music.

–  The Financial Times
  • Release Date: 01 March 2013
  • Record Label: Archiv: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Catalogue Number: 0289 479 0841 8 CD DDD AH
  • Location of Recording: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:09:35
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# Title Composer Duration
1Responsorium I: Sicut ovis ad occasionemCarlo Gesualdo03:54
2Responsorium II: Jerusalem, surgeCarlo Gesualdo03:43
3Responsorium III: Plange quasi virgoCarlo Gesualdo05:02
4Responsorium IV: Recessit Pastor nosterCarlo Gesualdo03:56
5Responsorium V: O vos omnesCarlo Gesualdo04:14
6Responsorium VI: Ecce quomodo moritur justusCarlo Gesualdo06:03
7Responsorium VII: Astiterunt reges terraeCarlo Gesualdo02:29
8Responsorium VIII: Aestimatus sumCarlo Gesualdo03:55
9Responsorium IX: Sepulto DominoCarlo Gesualdo06:46
10MiserereCarlo Gesualdo08:47
11Lectio I: Heth. Misericordiae DominiTomás Luis de Victoria05:52
12Lectio II: Aleph. Quomodo obscuratumTomás Luis de Victoria04:59
13Lectio III: Incipit oratorio Jeremiae ProphetaeTomás Luis de Victoria07:53
14Jesu dulcis memoriaTomás Luis de Victoria02:02

In these exquisite performances Tenebrae reaffirms its reputation as one of the leading exponents of Renaissance music.

–  The Financial Times

Nigel Short’s superb musical sensitivity to phrasing and texture illuminates everything . . . the endless dovetailing of the musical lines, all within an overall architectural vision, is exquisitely sustained . . . all in reverberant yet clear acoustics.

–  BBC Music Magazine

If perfection is attainable… we get very close to it here

–  International Record Review

Here Tenebrae (the choir) sings Tenebrae (the pre-Easter office) with a thorough understanding of the music’s expressive potential, subtly inflected with its touches of drama. The performance is of a rapt concentration and intensity that underline the music’s contemplative emotional power

–  The Daily Telegraph

…performed with typical grace and poise by Nigel Short’s Tenebrae

–  The Independent

Tenebrae’s faultless control and balance bring the sacred texts to life… The 16 singers of Tenebrae under Nigel Short’s direction shine in the darkness.

–  The Observer

…[the Gesualdo anniversary] will not be better marked than by this beautifully sung CD

–  The Times

The performances and recording ambience here are irreproachable.

–  MusicWeb International

BBC Music Magazine: Choral & Song Choice (2013)

International Classical Music Awards Nomination 2014: Early Music

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