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Posted September 28, 2011
Delitiæ Musicæ 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 Delitiæ Musicæ 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.