Notes & Reviews:
The fifth out of six books of madrigals here exemplifies the free style of the ‘seconda prattica', employing an outstanding range of inventive harmony and chromaticism. This is markedly different from the previous generation of madrigal composers, beholden to the strict rules of counterpoint, in 'prima prattica'. The madrigals here are dissonance-laden with constantly shifting harmonies and sometimes abrupt rhythmic contrasts, and are well ahead of Gesualdo’s own contemporaries in this medium. This complexity of musical style well reflects Gesualdo’s choice of texts which were epigrammatic poems illustrating the extremes and torments of love.
ReviewsThere are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Sweelinck: Music for Harpsichord / Glen Wilson
Rachmaninoff: The Bells, Symphonic Dances / Bychkov
Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore / Philip Pickett, et al
Medtner: Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol 2
Terezín - Theresienstadt / Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, et al
Martinu: The Complete Music for Violin and Orchestra Vol 3 / Hogwood, Matousek, Czech PO
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony Op 58, The Voyevoda Op 78 / Petrenko, Royal Liverpool PO
Tudor Church Music Vol 2 / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
Handel: Coronation Anthems / Christophers, The Sixteen
Works DetailsGesualdo, Carlo : Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 5
- Performers: Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Andrew King; Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Evelyn Tubb; Richard Wistreich
- Conductor: Anthony Rooley
- Ensemble: Consort of Musicke
- Running Time: 51 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Renaissance
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1611