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Baroque Voices Vol 25 - Gesualdo: O Dolorosa Gioia, Madrigals; Monte, Luzzaschi, Montella, Nenna / Alessandrini


Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30486   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Philippe de MontePomponio NennaGiovanni D. MontellaCarlo Gesualdo,   ... 
Performer:  Mara Galassi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recording information: Centro Giovanni 23, Frascati, Italy (1999).
Most of our preconceptions about the life and music of Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa may be based upon one incident in his life--the murder of his wife and her lover. This perspective effectively renders Gesualdo's entire musical output in the shadows, behind the lurid details of his personal life. His music is worthy of our attention and has recently won the esteem of performers and listeners alike. This recording of madrigals from Gesualdo's 5th and 6th book, performed by the acclaimed Concerto Italiano, makes a very strong case for the music of this tortured soul.
Gesualdo's madrigals on this recording were inspired by the Neapolitan composer Pomponio Nenna
Read more and the highly influential Ferrarese style of Luzzasco Luzzaschi. Compositions by both composers are presented on the disc, but it's the daring music of Gesualdo, a dramatic music filled with modernist harmonies, shocking dissonance and intense emotion, that captures our attention. Gesualdo's madrigal "Moro, lasso, al mio morte brami" ("I die, wretched, to my dead desires") exemplifies these qualities.
The singers of Concerto Italiano deliver flawless performances, managing the technical challenges of Gesualdo's music without overlooking his considerable melodic gifts. This is a vital recording of music by a misunderstood genius. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Di mie dogliose note (Il decimosettimo libro delli madrigali à cinque voci. Venetia, 1595) by Philippe de Monte
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Occhi miei che vedeste (Il Quarto Libro de Madrigali à cinque voci. Venetia, 1609) by Pomponio Nenna
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Se lontana voi sete (Il Settimo Libro de Madrigali à cinque voci. Napoli, 1605) by Giovanni D. Montella
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Madrigals, Book 6: Moro, lasso, al mio duolo by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Madrigals, Book 6: Se la mia morte brami by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Madrigals, Book 6: Beltà, poi che t'assenti by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Canzone del Principe (London, British Library) by Carlo Gesualdo
Performer:  Mara Galassi (Harp)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Madrigals, Book 5: Gioite voi col canto by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Madrigals, Book 5: S'io non miro non moro by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Madrigals, Book 5: Se vi duol il mio duolo by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Madrigals, Book 5: Asciugate i begli occhi by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Madrigals, Book 5: Mercè grido piangendo by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Madrigals, Book 6: Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Madrigals, Book 5: Tu m'uccidi, o crudele by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Ahi, cruda sorte mia by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Lungi da te cor mio (Il Quinto Libro de Madrigali à cinque voci. Ferrara, 1595) by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Itene mie querele (Il Sesto Libro de Madrigali à cinque voci. Ferrara, 1596) by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1596; Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Di mie dogliose note
Occhi miei che vedeste
Se lontana voi sete
Moro, lasso, al mio duolo
Se la mia morte brami
Madrigali libro sesto: Belta, poi che t'assenti
Canzone del Principe
Gioite voi col canto
S'io non miro non moro
Se vi duol il mio duolo
Asciugate i begli occhi
Merce grido piangendo (version for vocal enesmble): Merce grido piangendo
Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte
Tu m'uccidi, oh crudele
Ahi, cruda sorte mia
Lungi da te cor mio
Itene mie querele

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