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Mark Sealey
Classical Net, September 2016

Death for Five Voices mixes narration, interviews in locations (still) peopled with a diverse collection of individuals who are obviously connected with and otherwise relevant to Gesualdo’s world; and eerily representative of it. There are also invented and/or staged scenes with expert performances of several of the composer’s madrigals.

Herzog’s artistic license is justified because it’s so successfully illustrative of the intensity of Gesualdo and his world…

This unusual but highly satisfying DVD can be warmly recommended for providing a fresh and convincing corrective to our understanding of a composer where the most oft-proffered assessments are so tightly channelled to the sensational as to be almost useless. © 2016 Classical Net Read complete review



Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, March 2016

We are guided into unusual and surprising avenues and compartments in ways that remind me a little of the milder aspects of Mauricio Kagel’s Ludwig van. Relics take on special significance, long distant events become food for the imagination, and mythology and speculation take on their own legends and traditions. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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