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Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995)

Tod für fünf Stimmen (original title)
Works, legend and murders of Carlo Gesualdo, a notorious Italian composer and murderer from 16th century.

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Pasquale D'Onofrio
Salvatore Catorano
Angelo Carrabs
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Raffaele Virocolo
Vincenzo Giusto
Giovanni Iudica
Walter Beloch
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Antono Massa
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Silvano Milli
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Madness and Music
15 April 2002 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Gesualdo was a nutcase, but a brilliant one. His madrigals are among the most moving moments in music history. You will walk away from this film realizing all of the above. While using what appears to be actual employees at the various sites of Gesualdo's life, we are given a tour of his physical life and his music. There are performance excerpts from his madrigals. There is a learned professorial type giving us a biography of his life.

Simply put, if you enjoy great vocal music, you will want to go out and buy recordings of this master artist. I have recordings of his first 5 books but I can not yet find a recording of his 6th book of madrigals. This film is not quite the over-the-top approach that Mr. Herzog usually takes, but it is quite strange anyway. It is now out on DVD and I highly recommend it.


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