Pamela Dellal, mezzo soprano


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Motet Notes

Carlo Gesualdo: "O vos omnes"

The sacred works of Carlo Gesualdo [1566-1613] retain characteristics of his madrigalian compositions but in a diluted form. His approach to O vos omnes, a responsorial intended to be sung during Holy Week, with a text from the Book of Lamentations, is one that maintains a free style and outlines his understanding and application of chromatic harmony. This piece contains rapid stylistic shifts and moments that mirror the contemplation and understanding of this sorrowful text.

~ Sam Ritter