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GESUALDO:O DOLOROSA GIOIA MADRIGALI

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Di mie dogliose note, madrigal for 5 voices
  2. Occhi miei che vedeste, madrigal for 5 voices
  3. Se lontana voi sete, madrigal for 5 voices
  4. Moro, lasso, al mio duolo, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/74
  5. Se la mia morte brami, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/13
  6. Canzone del Principe (London, British Library)
  7. Gioite voi col canto, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/13
  8. S'io non miro non moro, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/17
  9. Se vi duol il mio duolo, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/37
  10. Asciugate i begli occhi, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/57
  11. Languisce al fin chi de la vita parte, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/45
  12. Tu m'ucchidi, o crudele, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/60
  13. Ahi, cruda sorte mia, madrigal
  14. Lungi da te cor mio, madrigal
  15. Itene mie querele, madrigal


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0025UAF6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...Concerto Italiano would have set a world record for perfection with this recording of works by Carlo Gesualdo and his contemporaries. These highly chromatic polyphonic beauties require a kind of decathlon preparation.
1st event: pure tone production, a clear "white" voice, meaning no scoops and no vibrato
2nd: vocal blend and tight ensemble
3rd: precise and well articulated diction
4th: rhythmic independence in order to sing polyphonically
5th: expressive control of dynamics, both high and low
6th: affective interpretation; pulling out the emotional stops
7th: tasteful restraint when restraint is needed
8th: historical/literary insight into the text
9th: vocal agility and bravura to just "toss off" ornamentations
10th and most important: perfect intonation, and I mean PERFECT; unless you can sight-sing chromatic and atonal music, you have no business singing Gesualdo except in your living room. If you need to "learn" a part, don't bother.
Incredibly, Concerto Italiano wins all ten events on this CD, with points to spare on the first and last, that is, on sheer vocal loveliness and on flawless intonation.

Gesualdo's Sixth Book of Madrigals has the usual poetic sources - texts by Tasso and Guarini, chiefly plangent love poems. But these love-obsessed late madrigals have more of suffering than lust in them, ceratinly in their musical expression. If you're looking for jolly Elizabeth, gather-ye-rosebuds love songs, try Morley and stay away from the Prince of Venosa, Carlo Gesualdo. The existential sophistication of this music far exceeds its poetic sources, to my ears anyway, and has never been matched.

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Gesualdo: O Dolorosa Gioia (Madrigals from the 5th and 6th books, with additional Magrigals by De Monte, Nenna, Montella, and Luzzaschi) is a recording under the direction of Rinaldo Alessandrini who leads Concerto Italiano on this Opus recording from 2000. Iain Fenlon has written a very intersting and informative short essay about the composer and this has also the conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini. The lyrics are available in English, French, German and Italian. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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If you like madrigals, this is a formidable addition to your library, in the unlikely event you don't already have it. If you don't know madrigals, there couldn't be a better place to start.
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This CD is absolutely fantastic. The works are beautifully sung and the sound is excellent. The liner notes, however, are a big distraction. Alessandrini tries to make the point that Gesualdo was not that unique, that around him there was a school of composers writing in the same highly chromatic style that made him famous. It even suggests that he was no more than a talented amateur. The problem is that the music of Gesualdo's counterparts included in the CD are less chromatic and less interesting than his madrigals. So what was the point of the liner notes?
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