Gesualdo: Madrigali libro primo, 1594

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Gesualdo: Madrigali libro primo, 1594



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29th March 2010




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Gesualdo: Madrigali libro primo, 1594

Alessandro Carmignani, Paolo Costa, Fabio Fùrnari, Paolo Fanciulacci, Marco Scavazza & Walter Testolin

Delitiæ Musicæ, Marco Longhini



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Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, became famous for two reasons: the bloody double murder of his first wife and her lover and his passionate and erotic view of profane love.

Brimming with often astonishing and sometimes unpredictable melodic and tonal contrasts to express the agonies and ecstasies of love, Gesualdo’s Madrigals show him to have been one of the most inventive and eccentric musical minds of his age.

This is the first disc in a series of the complete recordings of Gesualdo’s madrigals.

Carlo Gesualdo: Baci soavi e cari

Baci soavi e cari

Quanto ha di dolce amore

Carlo Gesualdo: Madonna, io ben vorrei

Madonna, io ben vorrei

Carlo Gesualdo: Come esser puo ch'io viva

Come esser puo ch'io viva

Carlo Gesualdo: Gelo ha madonna il seno

Gelo ha madonna il seno

Carlo Gesualdo: Mentre madonna il lasso fianco posa

Mentre madonna il lasso fianco posa

Ahi, troppo saggia nell'errar

Carlo Gesualdo: Se da si nobil mano

Se da si nobil mano

Amor, pace non chero

Carlo Gesualdo: Si gioioso mi fanno i dolor miei

Si gioioso mi fanno i dolor miei

Carlo Gesualdo: O dolce mio martire

O dolce mio martire

Carlo Gesualdo: Tirsi morir volea

Tirsi morir volea

Freno Tirsi il desio

Carlo Gesualdo: Mentre mia stella, miri

Mentre mia stella, miri

Carlo Gesualdo: Non mirar, non mirare

Non mirar, non mirare

Carlo Gesualdo: Questi leggiadri odorosetti fiori

Questi leggiadri odorosetti fiori

Carlo Gesualdo: Felice primavera

Felice primavera

Danzan le ninfe oneste

Carlo Gesualdo: Son si belle le rose

Son si belle le rose

Carlo Gesualdo: Bella Angioletta, da le vaghe piume

Bella angioletta, da le vaghe piume

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“There is great variety here and the performances by this fine Italian vocal ensemble are rich in timbre and colour and beautifully blended and ever flexible in tempo.”

The Guardian

29th April 2010


“The six male voices of Delitiae Musicae seize upon every opportunity to point the way towards the later more radical madrigals, gently underlining passing dissonances, and bringing the texts that so sharply contrast joy and sorrow, vividly to life.”

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