23 Jul ‘A class act’ – Cambridge Independent on Gesualdo Six
Gesualdo Six: O Hearken
Review by Cambridge Independent
22 July 2019
“The vocal consort gave an impeccable performance of works from the Renaissance to the present day at its concert in OLEM on Friday evening as part of the current Cambridge Summer Music Festival.
From the opening notes of Thomas Tallis’s ‘Te lucis ante terminum’, sung by a lone counter tenor, the concert’s audience was enthralled by the beauties that the human voice is capable of creating. The Gesualdo’s consort of only six members harmonized to become a full complement of singers whose power was omnipresent and its effect at times overwhelming.
This was a class act. In the atmospheric half-light, the unobtrusive singers’ constant positioning and re-positioning of themselves in the church’s various spaces – side-chapels, aisle or organ loft – added to the mystery and made the complex configurations of the music they were singing almost visible.”