Gesualdo: Tenebræ Responsoria – Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew

April 6, 2023, 9:00 am

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Founded in 1979 by William Christie, Les Arts Florissants is one of the best-known Baroque-music ensembles in the world. Established in the name of creativity, the ensemble has played a pioneering role in the revival of a repertoire that had been largely forgotten and which is now enjoyed across the globe. This pioneering spirit has never died, and Les Arts Florissants’ two artistic directors, William Christie and Paul Agnew, maintain the group’s tradition of research and innovation today. Their critically acclaimed exploration of the music of Carlo Gesualdo continues, with its bold harmonies and raw emotion. The Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday are the sacred counterpart to Gesualdo’s last two books of madrigals, published the same year (1611).