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The Tallis Scholars

Tallis at 40: Gesualdo at 400

Repertoire

Gesualdo
Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
Lassus
Timor et tremor
Gallus
Mirabile Mysterium
De Wert
Ascendente Jesu in naviculam
Appenzeller
Musae Jovis
De Rore
Calami sonum ferentes
Hassler
Ad Dominum cum tribularer
Zielenski
Vox in rama
Monteverdi
Adoramus te

Performers

Peter Phillips
director

‘In this anniversary year of Carlo Gesualdo’s death, it is a pleasure to perform again his astonishing Responsories for Holy Saturday. When our recording of this set first came out in the late ’80s the Gramophone critic wrote: ‘Is this great music or merely weird?’ After many more performances I can say quite clearly that it is both. Gesualdo was unique; and whatever one thinks of his behaviour in life, I am convinced he knew exactly what he was doing with his music. To complement Gesualdo’s chromatic style we have put together a second half of music which has similar features – experimental, chromatic, ahead of its time – ending with that much-loved arch-revolutionary, Monteverdi.’ (Peter Phillips)

Part of Choral at Cadogan 2012/13

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