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Gesualdo: 6 Books Of Madrigals / Quintetto Vocale Italiano


Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802136   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Vocale Italiano
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A fascinating compilation detailing the highly expressive music of Prince, composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo – one of history’s most colourful figures.

Gesualdo’s first six books of madrigals remain his best-known music. While Nos. 1 and 2 rely on mastery of traditional counterpoint, it is in Books 3 and 4 that Gesualdo’s compositional idiosyncrasies – subtle rhythmic irregularities and unusual harmonic intervals – begin to dominate. By the time we reach the final two books, a fully mature style is in evidence: abounding in rich chromaticism, these collections contain a wealth of striking songs in which extremes of emotion are represented.

Gesualdo’s daring and forward-looking language was born out of his
Read more belief that music must be subservient to textual meaning, and his status as a nobleman allowed him to pursue this position unhindered. Featuring Quintetto Vocale Italiano’s pioneering performance of the works, this release movingly traces the development of a composer whose intensely expressive music was centuries ahead of its time.

First complete recording of this dramatic and historically significant body of music: a hugely important set in the wider dissemination of Gesualdo’s œuvre.

Sung texts available from www.newtonclassics.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Madrigals, Book 6 by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Vocale Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
2. Madrigals, Book 5 by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Vocale Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
3. Madrigals, Book 4 by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Vocale Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1596; Italy 
4. Madrigals, Book 3 by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Vocale Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; Italy 
5. Madrigals, Book 2 by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Vocale Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1594; Italy 
6. Madrigals, Book 1 by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Vocale Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1594; Italy 

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