Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices

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Overview

The troubled life of sixteenth century composer Don Carol Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa is explored by filmmaker Werner Herzog in this film shot on location in Italy and featuring interviews with Gesualdo Consort director Gerald Pace, Il Complesso Barocco musical director Alan Curtis. From his sexual deviance and dangerous obsessions to a shocking act of murder, Gesualdo's personal demons and remarkable influence are explored as never before thanks to careful research and detailed interviews with those who have ...
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Overview

The troubled life of sixteenth century composer Don Carol Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa is explored by filmmaker Werner Herzog in this film shot on location in Italy and featuring interviews with Gesualdo Consort director Gerald Pace, Il Complesso Barocco musical director Alan Curtis. From his sexual deviance and dangerous obsessions to a shocking act of murder, Gesualdo's personal demons and remarkable influence are explored as never before thanks to careful research and detailed interviews with those who have dedicated their lives to studying his remarkable legacy.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary by Werner Herzog
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • UPC: 807280205596
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,833

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Werner Herzog Director, Producer
Evelyn Paulman Editor
Lucki Stipetic Producer
Peter Zeitlinger Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices
1. A Deserted Castle - The Last Years in the Life of Gesualdo [7:20]
2. Gesualdo - Visionary of a New Kind Of Music [6:49]
3. The Wedding Feast [4:26]
4. The Murderer in the Palace [4:19]
5. Escape Into the Castle [3:02]
6. Madrigal About the Beauty of Death [3:18]
7. A Singer in the Castle [3:58]
8. The Riding School [3:00]
9. The Archaeological Museum of Venosa [2:11]
10. Gesualdos Virtuosity [6:36]
11. The Summer Residence of the Prince [5:28]
12. Princely Archive and Deathbed [4:16]
13. The Knights' Tournament of Arezzo [3:25]
14. Credits [1:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices
   English
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      Select Title
      Languages
         Italiano
         English
         Deutsch
         Français
         Español
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Gesualdo and Herzog - a Match Made in Eccentric's Heaven!

    Werner Herzog is renowned for his work with and about real life eccentrics: Dieter Dengler ("Little Dieter Needs to Fly"), Klaus Kinski ("My Best Fiend"), Timothy Treadwell ("Grizzly Man") - and now Italian nobleman and Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, in "Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices". This 60-minute film has many of the hallmarks of a Herzog documentary, the most noticeable being the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Herzog takes us from Gesualdo's ruined castle in the Italian town of Gesualdo, to Naples, where Gesualdo brutally murdered his first wife and her lover, intercut with magnificent performances by the Gesualdo Consort of London. Many of the narrative scenes were staged by Herzog (with him providing the English audio commentary), adding storyline (and oftimes humour) where there otherwise might have been none. Gesualdo's life and musical legacy are controversial, but his talent is undeniable. For lovers of Herzog's work and Renaissance madrigals, this is not to be missed. If you are only a fan of one of these, you'll probably still enjoy this film. But if you like neither - well, perhaps you could make a gift of this to someone who does, because it's truly a unique and intriguing work.

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