Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Kenny Wheeler

    The Broken Heart

    Performers: Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, London Vocal Project, Pete Churchill

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    O sacrum convivium

    Performers: Berlin Vocal Consort Conductor: James Wood

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Franciscus humilis et pauper

    Performers: Berlin Vocal Consort Conductor: James Wood

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Illumina nos

    Performers: Berlin Vocal Consort Conductor: James Wood

  • Scipioni Lacorcia

    Miseria Damanti

    Performers: Amsterdam Gesualdo Consort

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Ave sanctissima Maria

    Performers: Berlin Vocal Consort Conductor: James Wood

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Five Bridal Songs

    Performers: The Voronezh Chamber Choir Conductor: Oleg Shepel

  • Bobby McFerrin

    Say Ladeo

    Performers: Bobby Mcferrin, Roger Treece, Lisa Fisher, Alex Acuna

  • Anonymous

    Sanctus

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Jan Garbarek (Saxophone)

  • Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur

    Le Cantique des Cantiques - 3 Le Songe

    Performers: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir Conductor: Eric Ericson

  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah-And the Glory of the Lord

    Performers: Stockholm Chamber Choir, Concentus Musicus Wien Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

  • Max Reger

    An das Meer

    Performers: Orphei Dränger Conductor: Eric Ericson

  • Ingvar Lidholm

    Canto LXXXI

    Performers: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir Conductor: Eric Ericson

Broadcast

Choir and Organ Reads

Choir and Organ Reads

Features on all things choir and organ from fantastic fugues to "bonkers" choral works.