Couperin and Gesualdo


Some of the most atmospheric music from the numerous Liturgical settings in Holy Week is that composed for the Office of Tenebrae. Victoria’s are the most well-known, but equally beautiful and arguably more dramatic are the settings composed by Gesualdo and Couperin. The Gesualdo is intense with the Couperin atmospheric, yet both compliment each other perfectly on another world-class recording from Tenebrae.

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. These are Tenebrae’s core values and with their continued dedication to performance of the highest quality, Tenebrae’s vision is to deliver dramatic programming, flawless performances and unforgettable experiences, allowing audiences around the world to be moved by the power and intimacy of the human voice.


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Nigel Short

Release date: 03/04/20

Catalogue number: SICD622

Barcode: 635212062227

“phenomenal” (The Times)

“devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine)

3 Leçons de ténèbres
Francois Couperin (1688-1733)
1. Premiere Leçon
2. Seconde Leçon
3. Troisiéme Leçon

Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday
Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)
First Nocturn
4. In Monte Oliveti
5. Tristis est anima mea
6. Ecce vidimus cum

Second Nocturn
7. Amicus meus osculi
8. Judas mercator pessimus
9. Unus ex discipulis meis

Third Nocturn
10. Eram Quasi Agnus Innocens
11. Una Hora Non Potuistis
12. Seniores Populi Consilium

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