The North Italian nobleman Carlo Gesualdo – notorious for having his wife and her lover murdered (and getting away with it) – produced in his later years of grief and guilt some of the most searingly expressive vocal polyphony of the High Renaissance. His 1610 setting of the liturgy for Holy Week, the Tenebrae Responsories, is music of tortuous chromaticism, vivid wordpainting and miserably beautiful intensity.
Aldeburgh Easter Festival web site copy for the Hilliard Ensemble's performance of Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories in Blythburgh Church on Good Friday, 14th April. Despite the hard sell we've got our tickets, if you haven't hurry as the concert is almost sold out.
* The painting Gesualdo and a Figure or Hospital Corridor is by J. Mark Inman who modestly describes himself as violinist, visual artist, keyboardist, composer, and artistic visionary. He is a member of several performance ensembles including the Benjamininjamninnman Duo, the synth rock keyboard based band Secret Handshake, and the Egalitarian String Quartet. Mark's visual Art has been shown at several galleries in Bloomington Indiana. As a violinist he works on multi-tracked classical improvizations with composer Ben Jacob.
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