Tüür, Erkki-Sven - Gesualdo - Tõnu Kaljuste / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonia

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The music of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa (1566-1613) has exerted a powerful influence on composers down the ages. His highly-charged, mannerist, idiosyncratic vocal music constitutes "a gallery of dramatically-lit portraits of human emotions with a heavy emphasis on the extremes of joy and despair" (to quote former Hilliard Ensemble singer Gordon Jones). Amongst the most experimental and expressive music of its period, it continues to invite reinterpretation and modern responses. On this album, recorded in Estonia at Tallinn's Methodist Church, we hear contemporary composition inspired by Gesualdo, as well as new arrangements of his work. The album opens with a radiant version of Moro Lasso from the Sixth Book of Madrigals (1611) in a transcription for string orchestra by Tõnu Kaljuste. This serves to set the scene for Carlo, a major 'biographical' piece based on the life and music of Gesualdo, written by Australian composer Brett Dean in 1997. Dean writes, "With Carlo Gesualdo one should not try to separate his music from his life and times. The texts of his later madrigals, thought to be written by Gesualdo himself, abound with references to love, death, guilt and self-pity. Combine this with the fact that I have always found his vocal works to be one of music's most fascinating listening experiences and you have the premise for my piece." Carlo takes up the opening chorale from Moro lasso. Then a vocal collage unfolds, and quotes from the madrigal are also taken up and developed further by the orchestra - until we arrive at the sound-world of 20th century music. By "moving between two time-zones" musically, Dean conveys a sense of Gesualdo's troubled psyche. Carlo was originally scored for fifteen solo strings, sampler and pre-recorded tape, but conductor Tõnu Kaljuste suggested presenting it with live singers. Successful experiments with this in 2002 in Stockholm paved the way for the present recording.

Kaljuste also encouraged the writing of Erkki-Sven Tüür's string arrangement of O Crux benedicta. The initial motive of this 1603 Gesualdo piece provides the compositional underpinning for Tüür's L'ombra della croce (2015) for string orchestra. Tüür dedicates the piece to producer Manfred Eicher, "in honour of how he has encompassed both early and contemporary music in the remarkable adventure that is the ECM New Series."

Artikelnummer ECM2452
Streckkod 0028948118007
Utgivningsdatum 2015-09-25
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
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Artister Tõnu Kaljuste / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonia
Kompositörer Tüür, Erkki-Sven
Disk: 1
1 Moro lasso
2 Carlo
3 O Crux
4 L'ombra della croce
5 Psalmody
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