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Gesualdo: Madrigals Book 3 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae

> Voi volete ch'io mora - Voi volete ch'io mora
> Voi volete ch'io mora - Moro o non moro, omai non mi negate
> Ahi, disperata vita - Ahi, disperata vita
> Languisco e moro - Languisco e moro
> Del bel de'bei vostri occhi - Del bel de'bei vostri occhi
> Ahi, dispietata e cruda - Ahi, dispietata e cruda
> Dolce spirto d'Amore - Dolce spirto d'Amore
> Sospirava il mio core - Sospirava il mio core
> Sospirava il mio core - O mal nati messaggi
> Veggio, si, dal mio sole - Veggio, si, dal mio sole
> Non t'amo, o voce ingrata - Non t'amo, o voce ingrata
> Meraviglia d'Amore - Meraviglia d'Amore
> Meraviglia d'Amore - Ed ardo e vivo, Dolce aura gradita
> Crudelissima doglia - Crudelissima doglia
> Se piange, ohime - Se piange, ohime
> Ancidetemi pur, grievi martiri - Ancidetemi pur, grievi martiri
> Se vi miro pietosa - Se vi miro pietosa
> Deh, se gia fu crudele al mio - Deh, se gia fu crudele al mio
> Dolcissimo sospiro - Dolcissimo sospiro
> Donna, se m'ancidete - Donna, se m'ancidete
> Come vivi cor mio - Come vivi cor mio
> All'ombra degl'allori - All'ombra degl'allori

Album Summary

>Gesualdo, Carlo : Madrigals, Book 3
>Gesualdo, Carlo : Come vivi cor mio, madrigal for 5 voices, W. 10/34
>Gesualdo, Carlo : All'ombra degl'allori, canzonetta for 5 voices, W. 10/32
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Book Three of Gesualdo's Madrigals was published in 1595 and marked a strong change in his style. Rejecting leading poets of the time, Gesualdo preferred to set little known or indeed anonymous writers in order to evoke pathos and huge drama. This is now music of uncompromising directness and intensity, calling on the resources of dissonance and contrast, and using texts for their full expressive potential.

Culture Catch
Music of incredible harmonic intensity and originality, given eminently precise and interpretively apt performances.

American Record Guide
I wonder what a Delitiae Musicae rehearsal is like. By whatever means they come to their interpretive decisions, the result is endlessly varied and convincing.

Gramophone
With his third book of madrigals, the defining features of Gesualdo's style appear in earnest, and Delitiæ Musicæ's complete survey seems to me also to step up a gear. The balance between high and lower voices is better negotiated, and the distracting interventions of the ensemble's continuo player are reined in... at their best these are distinctive and (dare one say it of such a composer) affectionate performances: the habit of lingering over dissonances delivers some impressive moments, where the homogeneity becomes a real asset... A couple of lighthearted canzonets provide light relief at the close. Let's hope that this series continues its upward trajectory.

MusicWeb International
The elegant booklet includes a full, informative and scholarly essay by editor, conductor and producer Marco Longhini, biographies, Italian texts and English translations. The cover is graced by tastefully selected artwork. This all serves to continue a very welcome pattern. This series clearly marks a highpoint in the Naxos Early Music catalogue.

MusicWeb International
The acoustic is close and warm, intense and totally amenable to the need that we focus our full attention on every nuance, syllable and musical shade. The short booklet is informative and contains background, details of the performers as well as the texts in Italian and English translation.

The Buffalo News
The annals of artistic sublimity aren't exactly bursting with scandalous tales of murder. In the case of the great and hugely influential painter Caravaggio, there is even a tenuous relationship between the revolutionary art and the tempestuous proletarian life of the artist. In the case of Carlo Gesualdo de Venosa, the extraordinary harmonic daring and beauty of the music might seem the very opposite of the scandalous life of the wealthy prince who had his wife and her lover murdered in their bed after being caught in flagrante delicto. Marco Longhini, who conducted this gorgeous disc of Gesualdo's Madrigals Book 3 writes in the notes that the general view of society at the time was "that a love strong enough to overcome social mores and ultimately to be worth dying for, had greater moral value than did the Gesualdo family honor." Of the dark and violent mood of the second part of Book Three, Longhini says "the music that had formerly made him a happy, charming man was now an outlet for his new state of mind, his genuine suffering and the repressed feelings that had exploded into bloodshed." Is it possible that Gesualdo's revolutionary dissonance and daring and violent life were inseparable? A grim thought, but the music, and the performance here, are exquisite.

ConcertoNet.com
There is a wonderful intimacy and immediacy to this recording that reveals the vocal details and diction. The natural reverberation from the church is subtle and not at all boomy. The booklet contains a wonderful historic and musical essay by Marco Longhini as well as a promise for a recording of the fourth book of madrigals by the same forces. Given this recording's all around excellence, it is well worth anticipating.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa di San Pietro, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (07/27/2008-08/01/2008).



Reviews

Things begin to get a little darker...
Delitić Musicć deliver yet another amazing performance, in this recording of the 3rd book of madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo. At the time of publishing of this set, in the late 16th century, Gesualdo had murdered his first wife, Maria d’Avalos, and her lover, after finding them in flagrante delicto. While his first two books followed along the same vein as his musical contemporaries, in the 3rd book, dissonances are used more often and experimentally, and the torment being felt by the Prince of Venosa can be heard in chilling detail.
The six male vocalists in Delitić Musicć are mic’d closely, creating a more intimate listening experience. The disc also includes Gesualdo’s two canzonettas, the only other secular works not previously released in this remarkable series. The canzonettas, along with five of the madrigals, contain additional harpsichord accompaniment.

Submitted on 09/28/11 by mwilcox15 
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>Gesualdo, Carlo : Madrigals, Book 3
  • Conductor: Marco Longhini
  • Ensemble: Delitiae Musicae
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (07/27/2008-08/01/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1595

>Gesualdo, Carlo : Come vivi cor mio, madrigal for 5 voices, W. 10/34
  • Conductor: Marco Longhini
  • Ensemble: Delitiae Musicae
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (07/27/2008-08/01/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gesualdo, Carlo : All'ombra degl'allori, canzonetta for 5 voices, W. 10/32
  • Conductor: Marco Longhini
  • Ensemble: Delitiae Musicae
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (07/27/2008-08/01/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance