Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro


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Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro



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18th Nov 2016




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Sesto Libro Di Madrigali, 1611


Madrigali libro sesto, 1611


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A personality has who provoked considerable controversy over the centuries, Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), aristocrat, musician and murderer of his first wife, is no less a composer whose music is marked by subtlety and refinement. His innovative Sixth Book of Madrigals, written two years before his death, exploits all harmonic, chromatic, and textural possibilities to meet the texts’ expressive requirements and proves to be a veritable masterpiece of the genre.

After a first disc devoted to the Italian composer’s sacred works, the Tenebrae Responsoria, Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent invite us to (re)discover his secular music for the 450th anniversary of his birth. In masterful fashion, they propose a delicate, expressive reading of this complex music, doing justice to the modernity of the musical language of the Prince of Venosa. The acoustics of the church in the little Tuscan village of Asciano, where the programme was recorded in 2015, provides an ideal sound setting for this music.

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals, Book 6

Se la mia morte brami

Beltà poi che t'assenti

Tu piangi o Fille mia

Resta di darmi noia

Chiaro risplender suole

Io parto e non più dissi

Mille volte il dì moro

O dolce mio tesoro

Deh come in van sospiro

Io pur respiro in così gran dolore

Alme d'amor rubelle

Candido e verde fiore

Ardita zanzaretta

Ardo per te mio bene

Ancide sol la morte

Quel 'no' crudel che la mia speme ancise

Moro, lasso, al mio duolo

Volan quasi farfalle

Al mio gioir il ciel si fa sereno

Tu segui o bella Clori, un fuggitivo core

Ancor che per amarti io mi consumi

Già piansi nel dolore

Quando ridente e bella

BBC Music Magazine

April 2017


“In items such as Già pense the performers demonstrate an understanding that not all of these madrigals are morbid (fewer than half mention death), and they deck out the sound with warm chords and quicksilver, joyous runs.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2017

“Herreweghe’s singers are well matched…they are light on their feet, which suite his approach…at its best the beauty of the Collegium’s voices is very impressive”

The Guardian

18th November 2016

“The slippery harmonies of Carlo Gesualdo’s sixth book of madrigals, written in 1611 but sounding centuries ahead of their time, are nailed down with the sharpest, slenderest of pins thanks to the perfect tuning and clear tone of Herreweghe’s ensemble. One to each line, the singers maintain a finely balanced blend, emerging briefly as soloists at moments of emphasis”

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