Carlo Gesualdo

Sacrae Cantiones, Liber secundus

I: Virgo benedicta
II: Da pacem Domine
III: Sana me Domine
IV: Ave sanctissima Maria
V: O Oriens
VI: Discedite a me omnes
VII: Gaudeamus omnes
VIII: Veni Creator Spiritus
IX: O sacrum convivium
X: Adoramus te Christe
XI: Veni sponsa Christi
XII: Assumpta est Maria
XIII: Verba mea
XIV: Ardens est cor meum
XV: Ne derelinquas me
XVI: O Beata Mater
XVII: Ad te levavi
XVIII: Franciscus humilis et pauper
XIX: O anima sanctissima
XX: Illumina nos

The reconstruction of Book Two of Gesualdo's Sacrae Cantiones occupied me for three years, from 2008 until 2011. The whole set has been beautifully recorded by Vocalconsort Berlin and released on on Harmonia Mundi, and this CD was awarded the prestigious ECHO-Klassik Prize 2013 (Choir Recording of the Year).

For details of voice ranges for each of the motets please download the Gesualdo-List-of-ranges

My 54-page supporting article...

Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones II
An analysis towards reconstruction

contains not only a detailed analysis of Gesualdo's contrapuntal style as it applies to the task of reconstruction, but also sections on historical background, performance practice, tuning and temperament.

This article is shortly to be published as a small book by Vision Edition, and will be available during November.

Scores are now available for purchase direct from JW Edition. Please e-mail me with your requirements. Prices can be found here.

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