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Gesualdo - Madrigals in 5-parts
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 . . .
“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.” BBC Music Magazine, June 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.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009
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Liszt: Années de Pélerinage
and madrigals by Gesualdo and Marenzio
Io tacerò, ma nel silenzio mio
In van dunque
Non t'amo, o voce ingrata
Asciugate i begli occhi
Peccantem me quotidie
Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160
Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161
Années de pèlerinage, 3ème année (7 pieces), S. 163
Venezia e Napoli (3 pieces), S. 162
Amor, i'ho molti
Così nel mio parlar voglio esser aspro
Et ella ancide
Dura legge d'Amor
E so come in un punto
Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimage” are more than a journey through Switzerland and Italy. They are also a musical journey through time. Ragna Schirmer is an outstanding German pianist and has an affinity with Liszt’s complicated world. The links to the Renaissance are underscored by the madrigals of Gesualdo and Marenzio.
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