Gesualdo: Madrigali libro terzo, 1595

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Gesualdo: Madrigali libro terzo, 1595



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27th June 2011




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Gesualdo: Madrigali libro terzo, 1595

Voi volete ch’io mora (part 1)

Moro o non moro (part 2)

Ahi, disperata vita Languisco e moro

Del bel de’ bei vostri occhi

Ahi, dispietata e cruda

Dolce spirto d’amore

Sospirava il mio core (part 1)

O mal nati messaggi (part 2)

Veggio, sì, dal mio sole

Non t’amo, o voce ingrata

Meraviglia d’amore (part 1)

Ed ardo e vivo (part 2) Crudelissima doglia

Se piange, ohimè

Ancidetemi pur, grievi martiri

Se vi miro pietosa

Deh, se già fu crude le

Dolcissimo sospiro

Donna se m’ancidete (a sei voci)

Come vivi cor mio (canzonetta)

All’ombra degli allori (canzonetta)

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

Delitiæ Musicæ, Marco Longhini



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Book Three of Gesualdo’s Madrigals was published in 1595 and marked a strong change in his style. Rejecting leading poets of the time, Gesualdo preferred to set little known or indeed anonymous writers in order to evoke pathos and huge drama. This is now music of uncompromising directness and intensity, calling on the resources of dissonance and contrast, and using texts for their full expressive potential. Both previous issues in this series have received high accolades, the first, for example [8570548], being full of “expression, style, heartfelt pulse, and imagination” (American Record Guide).

Carlo Gesualdo: Voi volete ch'io mora

Voi volete ch'io mora

Moro o non moro, omai non mi negate

Carlo Gesualdo: Ahi, disperata vita

Ahi, disperata vita

Carlo Gesualdo: Languisco e moro

Languisco e moro

Carlo Gesualdo: Del bel de'bei vostri occhi

Del bel de'bei vostri occhi

Carlo Gesualdo: Ahi, dispietata e cruda

Ahi, dispietata e cruda

Carlo Gesualdo: Dolce spirto d'Amore

Dolce spirto d'Amore

Carlo Gesualdo: Sospirava il mio core

Sospirava il mio core

O mal nati messaggi

Carlo Gesualdo: Veggio, si, dal mio sole

Veggio, si, dal mio sole

Carlo Gesualdo: Non t'amo, o voce ingrata

Non t'amo, o voce ingrata

Carlo Gesualdo: Meraviglia d'Amore

Meraviglia d'Amore

Ed ardo e vivo, Dolce aura gradita

Carlo Gesualdo: Crudelissima doglia

Crudelissima doglia

Carlo Gesualdo: Se piange, ohime

Se piange, ohime

Carlo Gesualdo: Ancidetemi pur, grievi martiri

Ancidetemi pur, grievi martiri

Carlo Gesualdo: Se vi miro pietosa

Se vi miro pietosa

Carlo Gesualdo: Deh, se gia fu crudele al mio

Deh, se gia fu crudele al mio

Carlo Gesualdo: Dolcissimo sospiro

Dolcissimo sospiro

Carlo Gesualdo: Donna, se m'ancidete

Donna, se m'ancidete

Carlo Gesualdo: Come vivi cor mio

Come vivi cor mio

Carlo Gesualdo: All'ombra degl'allori

All'ombra degl'allori

The Guardian

14th July 2011


“the third book moves into much more dangerous emotional territory, in which the level of dissonance is much higher, and the setting of the texts is pushed to expressive extremes. The six singers of Delitiae Musicae clearly relish those musical risks, occasionally perhaps just a little too much...As usual, Marco Longhini's sleeve notes are exemplary.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2011

“at their best these are distinctive and (dare one say it of such a composer) affectionate performances: the habit of lingering over dissonances deliver some impressive moments, where the homogeneity becomes a real asset...A couple of light-hearted canzonets provide light relief at the close. Let's hope that this series continues its upward trajectory.”

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