Friday, 12 June 2015

Love and death but no redemption (Collegium Vocale Gent/Herreweghe)

Portrait of Carlo Gesualdo: Public domain/Wikimedia commons
'O dolce mio tesoro' (Collegium Vocale Gent, dir. Philippe Herreweghe)

Sweet treasures indeed were on offer at the Wigmore Hall on the 2nd of June, when Collegium Vocale Gent gave a beautiful performance
At 29, Gesualdo killed his wife and her lover in a fit of jealousy, and spent the rest of his life in guilt. His works are, unsurprisingly, preoccupied with death and murder - shot through with a strong erotic. From his Il sesto Libro de Madrigali the majority of songs were performed. Interludes from Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger's Libro primo d'intavolatura di lauto were provided by Thomas Dunford. Indeed, he was the greatest star of the evening and received the loudest ovation by some way. His lute accompaniments were the product very clearly of ferocious concentration and intensity but yet were soft and gentle and lively. This was a real revelation, and he would worthy of attention on his own.

Overall: absolutely terrific.

Official page.
Soloists of Collegium Vocale Gent
Hana Blažíková soprano
Barbora Kabátková soprano
Marnix De Cat countertenor
Thomas Hobbs tenor
Peter Kooij bass
Thomas Dunford lute
Philippe Herreweghe musical direction

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