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Tenebrae

Bjorn Schmelzer, Graindelavoix

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There is something deeply troubling and inscrutable in Carlo Gesualdo’s music, something that any listener, even the most inexpert one, will unfailingly experience. This most particularly holds for Tenebrae Responsoria (1611), his definitive statement, his monument, his testament. It is as if this work, firmly embedded in the framework of liturgy for the Holy Week and reaching back to the practices of the Gregorian chant, would constantly extend over its boundaries and transgress its time and setting, immediately addressing modernity, disturbing all the rules in a severe tension, reaching into something that borders on chaos and madness, within the very order and religious devotion it fully espouses.

Graindelavoix, that groundbreaking ensemble based in Antwerp and directed by Björn Schmelzer, are the ideal performers for this disquieting repertoire which originally was sung at Gesualdo’s castle and with probably only one listener in the audience: Gesualdo himself... In a tour de force lasting over three hours, recorded over ten days in summer 2019, the singers fully display all the features which, after 16 albums (all on Glossa) and hundreds of concerts, have made their sound a truly trademark one. In words of Schmelzer, “this is our most important recording to date”. A fascinating essay especially commissioned to Lithuanian philosopher and cultural theorist Mladen Dolar puts the music of Gesualdo into perspective, avoiding the clichés that are so often found in texts about the composer. © Alpha Classics

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Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola civitas

1
Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola civitas
Marius Peterson
00:03:33

Marius Peterson, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Maundy Thursday (Carlo Gesualdo)

2
No. 1, In monte Oliveti
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:01

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Zain. Recordata est Hierusalem

3
Zain. Recordata est Hierusalem
Adrian Sîrbu
00:03:45

Adrian Sîrbu, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Maundy Thursday (Carlo Gesualdo)

4
No. 2, Tristis est anima mea
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:08

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Lamed. O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam

5
Lamed. O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam
Marius Peterson
00:02:41

Marius Peterson, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Maundy Thursday (Carlo Gesualdo)

6
No. 3, Ecce vidimus eum
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:08:08

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam

7
Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam
Adrian Sîrbu
00:02:39

Adrian Sîrbu, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Maundy Thursday (Carlo Gesualdo)

8
No. 4, Amicus meus
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:03:39

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

9
No. 5, Iudas mercator pessimus
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:02:13

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

10
No. 6, Unus ex discipulis meis
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:06:15

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

11
No. 7, Eram quasi agnus
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:55

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

12
No. 8, Una hora
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:03:31

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

13
No. 9, Seniores populi
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:53

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Christus factus est

14
Christus factus est
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:02:38

Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae Responsoria (Carlo Gesualdo)

15
Miserere mei Deus
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:10:13

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

DISC 2

Heth. Cogitavit Dominus dissipare

1
Heth. Cogitavit Dominus dissipare
Marius Peterson
00:03:19

Marius Peterson, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Holy Friday (Carlo Gesualdo)

2
No. 1, Omnes amici mei
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:01

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt

3
Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt
Adrian Sîrbu
00:03:09

Adrian Sîrbu, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Holy Friday (Carlo Gesualdo)

4
No. 2, Velum templi scissum est
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:04:41

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem

5
Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem
Marius Peterson
00:04:42

Marius Peterson, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Holy Friday (Carlo Gesualdo)

6
No. 3, Vinea mea electa
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:37

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

7
No. 4, Tamquam ad latronem
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:03:44

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

8
No. 5, Tenebrae factae sunt
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:53

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

9
No. 6, Animam meam dilectam tradidi
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:08:31

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

10
No. 7, Tradiderunt me in manus impiorum
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:03:17

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

11
No. 8, Iesum tradidit impius
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:04:57

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

12
No. 9, Caligaverunt oculi mei
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:10:00

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

DISC 3

Heth. Misericordiae Domini

1
Heth. Misericordiae Domini
Adrian Sîrbu
00:02:52

Adrian Sîrbu, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Holy Saturday (Carlo Gesualdo)

2
No. 1, Sicut ovis ad occisionem
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:03:31

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Aleph. Quomodo obscuratum est aurum

3
Aleph. Quomodo obscuratum est aurum
Marius Peterson
00:02:23

Marius Peterson, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Holy Saturday (Carlo Gesualdo)

4
No. 2, Hierusalem, iuge et exue te
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:04:21

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Incipit oratio Hieremiae Prophetae

5
Incipit oratio Hieremiae Prophetae
Adrian Sîrbu
00:03:41

Adrian Sîrbu, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae responsoria for Holy Saturday (Carlo Gesualdo)

6
No. 3, Plange quasi virgo
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:07:09

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

7
No. 4, Recessit Pastor noster
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:04:02

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

8
No. 5, O vos omnes
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:04:39

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

9
No. 6, Ecce quomodo moritur justus
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:05:52

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

10
No. 7, Astiterunt reges terrae
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:02:40

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

11
No. 8, Aestimatus sum
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:03:45

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

12
No. 9, Sepulto Domino
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:06:25

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Mulieres sedentes (1)

13
Mulieres sedentes (1)
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:00:48

Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Tenebrae Responsoria (Carlo Gesualdo)

14
Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:06:53

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Mulieres sedentes (2)

15
Mulieres sedentes (2)
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
00:00:50

Bjorn Schmelzer, Conductor - Graindelavoix, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Glossa (P) 2020 Glossa

Album Description

There is something deeply troubling and inscrutable in Carlo Gesualdo’s music, something that any listener, even the most inexpert one, will unfailingly experience. This most particularly holds for Tenebrae Responsoria (1611), his definitive statement, his monument, his testament. It is as if this work, firmly embedded in the framework of liturgy for the Holy Week and reaching back to the practices of the Gregorian chant, would constantly extend over its boundaries and transgress its time and setting, immediately addressing modernity, disturbing all the rules in a severe tension, reaching into something that borders on chaos and madness, within the very order and religious devotion it fully espouses.

Graindelavoix, that groundbreaking ensemble based in Antwerp and directed by Björn Schmelzer, are the ideal performers for this disquieting repertoire which originally was sung at Gesualdo’s castle and with probably only one listener in the audience: Gesualdo himself... In a tour de force lasting over three hours, recorded over ten days in summer 2019, the singers fully display all the features which, after 16 albums (all on Glossa) and hundreds of concerts, have made their sound a truly trademark one. In words of Schmelzer, “this is our most important recording to date”. A fascinating essay especially commissioned to Lithuanian philosopher and cultural theorist Mladen Dolar puts the music of Gesualdo into perspective, avoiding the clichés that are so often found in texts about the composer. © Alpha Classics

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