Gesualdo - Madrigals in 5-parts

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Gesualdo - Madrigals in 5-parts

Catalogue No:

HMG501268

Series:

HMGold

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th March 2009

Barcode:

0794881855322

Length:

54 minutes

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Gesualdo - Madrigals in 5-parts


Gesualdo:

Ahi, disperata vita

Sospirava il mio core

O malnati messaggi

Non t'amo, o voce ingrata

Canzon francese del Principe

Luci serene e chiare

Sparge la morte al mio Signor

Arde il mio cor

Io tacerò, ma nel silenzio mio

Occhi del mio cor vita

Mercè grido paingendo

Asciugate i begli occhi

Correte, amanti

Se la mia morte brami

Io parto, e non più dissi,

Ardita zanzaretta

Ardo per te, mio bene


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Love, desire and death – these are the three themes that pervade the musical poetry of Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, which has become a byword for tortured emotion. These madrigals are the clearest depiction in his output of the torments of the soul, offering a faithful musical image of the ‘sweet poison’ which eats into lovers’ hearts . . .

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): II. Ahi, disperata vita

Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): II. Ahi, disperata vita

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): VII. Sospirava il mio core (prima parte)

Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): VII. Sospirava il mio core (prima parte)

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): VII. O malnati messaggi (seconda parte)

Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): VII. O malnati messaggi (seconda parte)

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): IX. Non t'amo, o voce ingrata

Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): IX. Non t'amo, o voce ingrata

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): Canzon francese del principe

Madrigals, Libro III (extracts): Canzon francese del principe

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): I. Luci serene e chiare

Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): I. Luci serene e chiare

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): XIII. Sparge la morte al mio Signor

Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): XIII. Sparge la morte al mio Signor

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): XVIII. Arde il mio cor

Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): XVIII. Arde il mio cor

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): III. Io tacerò - Invan dunque (seconda parte)

Madrigals, Libro IV (extracts): III. Io tacerò - Invan dunque (seconda parte)

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): IX. Occhi del mio cor vita

Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): IX. Occhi del mio cor vita

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): XI. Mercè grido piangendo

Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): XI. Mercè grido piangendo

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): XIV. Asciugate i begli occhi

Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): XIV. Asciugate i begli occhi

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): XIII. Correte, amanti

Madrigals, Libro V (extracts): XIII. Correte, amanti

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): I. Se la mia morte brami

Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): I. Se la mia morte brami

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): VI. Io parto e non più dissi

Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): VI. Io parto e non più dissi

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): XIII. Ardita zanzaretta

Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): XIII. Ardita zanzaretta

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): XIV. Ardo per te, mio bene

Madrigals, Libro VI (extracts): XIV. Ardo per te, mio bene

BBC Music Magazine

June 2009

****

“Gesualdo's unnerving music produces some tuning problems and Christie's insertion of instruments is odd. But his telling interpretations make this a welcome, compelling reissue.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2009

“…Les Arts Florissants recorded this more than 20 years ago and… its hardly aged at all. This includes excerpts from Books 3 and 6, interspersed with strikingly detailed performances on the harp from Andrew Lawrence-King. In their rhythmic freedom they seem to prefigure what Italian ensembles would achieve a few years later, but the cast is a very fine one, and the choice of pieces superb.”

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