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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 . . .
Gesualdo: Ahi, Disperata Vita
Gesualdo: Sospirava Il Mio Core
Gesualdo: O Malnati Messaggi
Gesualdo: Non T'Amo, O Voce Ingrata
Gesualdo: Canzon Francese Del Principe
Gesualdo: Luci Serene E Chiare
Gesualdo: Sparge La Morte Al Mio Signor
Gesualdo: Arde Il Mio Cor
Gesualdo: Io Tacerò - Invan Dunque
Gesualdo: Occhi Del Mio Cor Vita
Gesualdo: Mercè Grido Piangendo
Gesualdo: Asciugate I Begli Occhi
Gesualdo: Correte, Amanti
Gesualdo: Se La Mia Morte Brami
Gesualdo: Io Parto
Gesualdo: Ardita Zanzaretta
Gesualdo: Ardo Per Te, Mio Bene
“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.”
“…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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