Carlo Gesualdo [1566 – 1613] : O Crux Benedicta [reblog]

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Η τόλμη της αρμονικής γλώσσας του Gesualdo [κάποιες απ’ τις καινοτομίες του δεν ξανακούσθηκαν παρά τον 19ο αι.] ήταν αντίστοιχη μιας ακραίας προσωπικότητας : υπήρξε, μεταξύ άλλων, δολοφόνος της γυναίκας του και του εραστή της, έχοντάς τους συλλάβει “επ’ αυτοφώρω”…
Ακούμε ένα μαδριγάλι του από τους La Compagnia Del Madrigale, και μια θρησκευτική του σύνθεση σε άψογη μεταγραφή του Erkki Sven Tuur για έγχορδα, από την Ορχήστρα Δωματίου της Ταλίν.

The boldness of Gesualdo’s harmonic language [some of his innovations were not heard again until the 19th century] was equaled by an extreme personality: he was, among other things, the murderer of his wife and her lover, having captured them “in the act”…
We hear a madrigal from La Compagnia Del Madrigale, and a sacred composition perfectly transcribed for strings by Erkki Sven Tuur. From the Chamber Orchestra of Tallinn.




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