Greg Beardsell - the Legacy of Gesualdo
Greg Beardsell reassesses the musical legacy of Carlo Gesualdo, obscured by his famously savage murder of his wife and her lover. Plus a tribute to choral conductor Eric Ericson.
The savage murder of his wife and her lover has sadly consigned Gesualdo's music to the footnotes in most appraisals of his life. But is it time to reassess his remarkable abilities to stir the passions in sound? Greg Beardsell meets conductor James Wood who has recently reconstructed partially lost music by Gesualdo, and discovers a composer more repentant than most accounts suggest. Plus there's a tribute to conductor Eric Ericson, whose influence was felt right across the choral world.