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Carlo Gesualdo: Sesto Libro di Madrigali

Album Summary

>Gesualdo, Carlo : Madrigals, Book 6

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
La Compagnia Del Madrigale is a newly formed ensemble, made up of top-rank singers who have performed this type of music together for 20 years in leading vocal ensembles. The founding members are soprano Rossana Bertini, tenor Giuseppe Maletto (also credited as the recording engineer and deserving of special recognition for the superb sound quality), and bass Daniele Carnovich.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
These extremely accomplished singers makes sense of these notoriously wayward and enigmatic works... they are able to capture the kaleidoscopic thoughts of the poetry, producing clarity of utterance in spite of the intricate counterpoint.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
A masterclass in quicksilver dynamic shading, meticulous cadential shaping, crystal-clear poetic declamation and flawlessy judged harmonic shifts.

MusicWeb International, 29th May 2013
This is an example of superb madrigal singing. The individual voices produce a beautiful sound, and their qualities can be admired in the many short episodes for reduced forces. Their voices also perfectly blend and intonation is impeccable. These are absolute prerequisites in madrigals in which harmony is such a crucial element.

The Observer, 13th January 2013
The small vocal ensemble La Compagnia del Madrigale captures the refinement of these gems with technical ease but avoids ever being too smooth. An essential spontaneity and urgency ignite these intense performances.

David Smith, 4th March 2013
In the Sixth Book of Madrigals, flamboyantly performed by the Compagnia del Madrigale, we really get the full force of his imagination. These works sound alien even to modern ears, so the effect over four hundred years ago must have been incredible. The parts continually twist and contort themselves in strange and unfamiliar ways - disorientating, yes, but absolutely gripping at the same time!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa della BV Maria del Monte Carmelo al Colletto, Ro (06/2012/07/2012).


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>Gesualdo, Carlo : Madrigals, Book 6
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1611