- Carmen Leoni (Harpsichord)
Notes & Reviews:
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.
"They see no need to play up the extraordinary nature of Gesualdo, or his harmonies etc. Rather, Longhini and his five male singers have placed the totality of this music squarely in the tradition of Italian Renaissance music. The result here is a compelling, melodious and satisfying blend of words and music that can stand its own with other exponents of the genre... The acoustic is close yet far from claustrophobic. We should eagerly await further volumes in this series." -Classical.net
"The ensemble is very tight, individual voices are clear, but very well matched, and the give and take of the pulse is superbly crafted by Longhini. To do this music at all an ensemble must have experience, discipline, and practice; to perform it at the highest level the additional gifts of expression, style, heartfelt pulse, and imagination are essential. I look forward to future releases from this series. Notes, texts, and translations...After you have bought this one, it will prove a fine companion."-American Record Guide
"The six male voices of Delitiae Musicae seize upon every opportunity to point the way towards the later more radical madrigals, gently underlining passing dissonances, and bringing the texts that so sharply contrast joy and sorrow, vividly to life." -The Guardian ****Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Chiesa di San Pietro in Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (07/23/2007-07/27/2007).
Submitted on 05/04/10 by Ted Wilks
Works DetailsGesualdo, Carlo : Madrigals, Book 1
- Performer: Carmen Leoni (Harpsichord)
- Conductor: Marco Longhini
- Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro in Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (07/23/2007-07/27/2007)
- Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
- Period Time: Renaissance
- Written: 1594