11 February 2016, The Tablet

Lenten promise


 
Naming your all-male vocal sextet after an uxoricide may not be the best start to a career, but apart from that, The Gesualdo Six have everything going for them – talent, youth, stamina, confidence and years of experience of singing the most difficult vocal polyphony in the repertoire. The three pairs of altos, tenors and basses who make up this new ensemble are recent graduates from Cambridge chapel choirs, now practising as freelance professional singers. Just days before the start of Lent, they sang with utter conviction, perfect intonation, impeccable blend, just balance and even a little humour Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday. They negotiated with ease the astringent chords and acute progressions through which the composer never stopped expressing his
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