Gesualdo Consort of London
director Gerald Place
In recent years the Gesualdo Consort have established themselves as leading interpreters of the music of Gesualdo and his contemporaries.
They have appeared at major festivals all over Europe including the Prague Spring Festival, the Flanders Festival (in Rubens’ House, Antwerp), the Paris Festival Estival, the Bath Festival, the Maastrich Religious Music Festival, the Karlsrhue Musiktag, the Harrogate Festival and as guest artists in the Concorso Polifonico Internationale in Arezzo, Italy.
The Consort have made four commercial recordings. Their first, featuring music from Naples, was described by leading Gesualdo scholar Glenn Watkins as “a miracle: easily the best Gesualdo recording to date”, and was a Gramophone Critics’ Choice. This was followed by There is no Rose (mediaeval English lyrics) The Food of Love (early Shakespeare settings) and the complete madrigals of Thomas Vautor (with the Rose Consort of Viols).
They also feature on the Italia Prize-winning DVD Death for Five Voices, directed by Werner Herzog (Arthaus) and originally made for ZDF in Germany. Most recently they have made a major BBC documentary Gesualdo: Musician & Murderer, and provided the soundtrack for a short animation based on the madrigal Belta poi.
Gesualdo's Castle at Venosa
"After three centuries Gesualdo is seen to hold a proud place in the distinguished company of those great men whose music was the crowning glory of the renaissance... he is by no means an isolated person of eccentric genius, but rather the fine flower of a school of daringly imaginative experimental composers."
Peter Warlock (1920)