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Gesualdo: Prince of Madrigalists
     

Gesualdo: Prince of Madrigalists

 
This is one of the finest cross sections of Gesualdo's work ever recorded. It includes madrigals, galliards, canzonettas, and psalms. There is a few works for strings thrown in among the various vocal works, creating an entertaining programme setting that makes for an approachable, sensibly balanced package. Most importantly, the singing is superb, featuring a small

Overview

This is one of the finest cross sections of Gesualdo's work ever recorded. It includes madrigals, galliards, canzonettas, and psalms. There is a few works for strings thrown in among the various vocal works, creating an entertaining programme setting that makes for an approachable, sensibly balanced package. Most importantly, the singing is superb, featuring a small mixed choir, immaculately conducted by Robert Craft. This conductor has had a diverse career as a performer and writer whose authoritative biographic writings on Igor Stravinsky are definitive. Most of Craft's output as a performer has concentrated on the 20th century, which is part of the reason why this utterly successful recording is a surprise as well as a delight. The singers (there are only six) blend as well as can be reasonably asked, and the string players are likewise attuned to a historically informed musical rapport. This material was recorded in 1959 and 1962, and the sound quality is excellent, easily withstanding comparisons to the finest digital technology. In every way, this is a soulful, intelligent, and engaging disc. Those who do not know the music of Gesualdo should acquire this set of performances first. Those who know Gesualdo's music well should make pains hear this recording. It is a credit to the artist's work.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646031322
catalogNumber:
60313

Tracks

  1. T'Amo mia vita, la mia cara vita, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/79  (02:04)
  2. Or che in gioia credea, madrigal (Book 4), W. 4/33  (03:13)
  3. Chiaro risplender suole, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/25  (02:48)
  4. Gagliarda del Principe di Venosa, for keyboard, W. 10/22: Gagliarda seconda

    1. Gagliarda seconda  (00:57)
  5. In te, Domine, speravi, motet for 4 voices, W. 10/26  (02:48)
  6. O vos omnes, unspecified  (03:25)
  7. Come vivi cor mio, madrigal for 5 voices, W. 10/34  (01:14)
  8. Gagliarda del Principe di Venosa, for keyboard, W. 10/22: Gailliarda ottava

    1. Gailliarda ottava  (01:35)
  9. Felicissimo Sonno, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/33  (02:30)
  10. Io pur respiro in cosí gran dolore, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/44  (03:11)
  11. Già piansi nel dolore, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/96  (02:56)
  12. Resta di darmi noia, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/23  (02:15)
  13. Deh, coprite il bel seno, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/64  (02:11)
  14. Gagliarda del Principe di Venosa, for keyboard, W. 10/22: Sinfonia a quattro antica

    1. Sinfonia a quattro antica  (02:39)
  15. Cor mio deh non piangete, madrigal (Book 4). W. 4/37  (04:17)
  16. Gagliarda del Principe di Venosa, for keyboard, W. 10/22: Gailliarda nona

    1. Gailliarda nona  (01:48)
  17. Mercè grido piangendo, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/49  (02:44)
  18. All'ombra degl'allori, canzonetta for 5 voices, W. 10/32  (01:00)
  19. Gagliarda del Principe di Venosa, for keyboard, W. 10/22: Gailliarda quarta

    1. Gailliarda quarta  (01:32)
  20. Languisce al fin chi de la vita parte, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/45  (03:34)
  21. Non t'amo, o voce ingrata, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 3), W. 3/43  (02:55)
  22. O crux benedicta, motet for 5 voices, W. 8/48  (04:01)
  23. Il sol, qualor più splende, madrigal for 6 voices (Book 4), W. 4/69: Volgi mia luce

    1. Volgi mia luce  (02:01)
  24. O dolorosa gioia, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/27  (03:56)
  25. Ardo per te, mio bene, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/62  (02:25)
  26. Quando ridente e bella, madrigal for 5 voices, W. 6/100  (02:49)
  27. Dolcissima mia vita, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 5), W. 5/23  (02:49)
  28. Che fai meco, mio cor, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 4), W. 4/27  (02:21)
  29. Questa crudele e pia, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 4), W. 4/30  (02:48)
  30. Ardita zanzaretta, madrigal for 5 voices (Book 6), W. 6/57  (03:03)

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