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GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 1 (Madrigali libro primo, 1594) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini)

Composer(s):Gesualdo, Carlo
Artist(s) Longhini, Marco, Conductor • Delitiae Musicae, Ensemble
Period(s) Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.570548
Label Naxos
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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.


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Delitiae Musicae begin a complete study of Gesualdo's madrigals
Review By MW91388,January 2011

Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo's life story is prime for a Hollywood film (besides the Werner Herzog pseudo-documentary). Although his music is mysterious and hauntingly beautiful, he is also known (and perhaps mostly) for ordering the murders of his first wife, Maria d'Avalos, and her lover. This act sent him into self-imposed exile, and may have been a strong contributing factor to the darkness of his compositions.

Delitiae Musicae, having recorded the complete madrigals of Monteverdi, have now begun a survey of the complete madrigals of Gesualdo. Under the direction of Marco Longhini, this disc of the First Book of Madrigals (1594) offers Gesualdo's eccentric views on love and death with clear articulation and good use of vocal blending. Instrumental accompaniment more....







 

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