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Sorcery and Sacred Songs

Gesualdo becomes embroiled in a dangerous witch trial, and works on some of his most beautiful sacred music. Donald Macleod continues the story of the Prince of Venosa.

Donald Macleod continues the strange and sometimes baffling tale of Carlo Gesualdo. Frequently ill and afflicted with melancholy, he is caught up in an extraordinary scandal involving two lovers, and a potentially deadly charge of dabbling in witchcraft. Nor is his wife Leonora free from the danger of spells and enchantment. She even calls on the services of an exorcist priest to deliver the castle from malign forces at work. Despite this disturbing background, Gesualdo works on writing some of his finest and most moving sacred music.

Languisce alfin che de la vita parte; Merce grido piangendo(Fifth Book of Madrigals)
La Venexiana

Tu m'uccidi, o crudelel, Poeche l'avida sete; Ma tu, cagion (Fifth Book of Madrigals)
The Consort of Musicke
Anthony Rooley, director

Sana me Domine; Discedite a me omens; Da pacem Domine (Sacrae Cantiones, Book 2)
Vocal Consort Berlin
James Wood, director

Tenebrae Responses: Tristis est anima mea; Ecce vidimus eum; Tenebrae factae sunt; Animam meam dilectam tradidi
Hilliard Ensemble.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Languisce Al Fin Chi Da La Vita Parte

    Ensemble: La Venexiana.
    • GLOSSA : GCD-920925.
    • GLOSSA.
    • 10.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Merce Grido Piangendo

    Ensemble: La Venexiana. Director: Claudio Cavina.
    • GLOSSA : GCD-920935.
    • GLOSSA.
    • 11.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Tu M'Uccidi, Oh Crudele

    Ensemble: Consort of Musicke.. Director: Anthony Rooley.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre 4101282.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
    • 15.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Poiche L'Avida Sete

    Ensemble: Consort of Musicke.. Director: Anthony Rooley.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre 4101282.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
    • 17.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Ma Tu, Cagion

    Ensemble: Consort of Musicke.. Director: Anthony Rooley.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre 4101282.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
    • 18.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Discedite A Me Omnes

    Choir: Berlin Vocal Consort. Director: James Wood.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC-902123.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 9.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Tenebrae Responsorium: Tristis Est Anima Mea

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 843-867-2.
    • ECM NEW SERIES.
    • 2.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Tenebrae Responsorium: Ecce Vidimus Eum

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM RECORDS : 843 867-2.
    • ECM RECORDS.
    • 3.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Tenebrae Responsorium: Factae Sunt

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 843-867-2.
    • ECM NEW SERIES.
    • 14.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Tenebrae Responsorium: Animam Meam Dilectam Tradidi

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ARCHIV : 00289-479-1398.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 15.

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