Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam
Kåre Nordstoga, organ /// Harry Van Der Kamp, conductor
Saturday 29 March 19:00
Gamle Aker Church
NOK 300 / 200
Outstanding Dutch vocal ensemble performs Renaissance works
At last, Gesualdo as I always imagined him sounding…
Werner Herzog commenting on Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam
The prestigious vocal ensemble Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam (GCA) will present in Gamle Aker Church a varied and beautiful vocal programme from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Carlo Gesualdo (1566 - 1613), the composer after whom the ensemble is named, was an Italian nobleman, lutenist and composer. There are many myths about Gesualdo's life, personality and the alleged murder of his wife and her lover that often overshadow his work as a composer. Gesualdo is nevertheless one of musical history's most complex and imaginative composers. The music he wrote stretched the rules of harmony to a degree the musical world would not see again until Wagner composed his operas in the late 1800s. GCA will perform nine responsorias from Gesualdo's collection Tenebrae Responsoria and a reconstruction of his Cantiones Sacrae, which has its world premiere during the Church Music Festival. Other imposing works rounding out the concert are Jan P. Sweelinck's Miserere mei Domine, Pierre de la Rue's Credo, Johannes Ockeghem's Kyrie Paschae and Requiem by Josquin des Prez. The cantor in Oslo Cathedral Kåre Nordstoga contributes to the concert and will perform Sweelinck's Fantasia Chromatica.
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam (GCA) was founded in 1984 by Harry van der Kamp out of a desire to pursue Carlo Gesualdo's ideals of ensemble music creation. GCA has since performed some of the most challenging music written for vocal ensemble. This has resulted in them presenting highly varied and unusual concert programmes that encompass everything from medieval song, through Monteverdi to Verdi and a wide range of 20th century music. GCA has performed at many well known festivals in European cities including Innsbruck, Bremen, Dollard, at Bachfest Leipzig and Oude Muzik Utrecht. Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam contributed to Werner Herzog's award winning film about the composer's life and work.
Kåre Nordstoga (see biography under 22 March)
Photo: Nordstoga: Tomas Carlstrøm, Gesualdo Consort: Hans Hijmering