Notes and Editorial Reviews
Francesco Cera, dir; Ens Arte Musica
BRILLIANT 93652 (56:27
Text and Translation)
This Fourth Book of Madrigals was originally Tactus 560701, never reviewed here. Cera did not follow up with recordings of any other books, as is the case with several other sets of Gesualdo. La Venexiana has made the Fourth and Fifth Books for Glossa, and in reviewing Book 4 (29:2) I mentioned the existence of this set. Kassiopeia has made the first four books for Globe, and I
mentioned it again (31:6). While Kassiopeia offers nothing but the 15 madrigals, La Venexiana adds three madrigals from other books and the familiar
Canzon francese del principe
. Cera adds only the same keyboard canzon. Playing tracks from one disc after another, I hear no good reason to prefer one version. All three ensembles sing one voice to a part, but only Cera uses continuo instruments and only in a few madrigals (La Venexiana uses them only in the bonus tracks). Harry van der Kamp, who also seems to have a set in progress, has not reached this book. No one has done all six books since the outdated Ephrikian set. Gesualdo is a fascinating figure of his times, and this much attention to his music is rewarding.
FANFARE: J. F. Weber
Works on This Recording
Madrigals, Book 4 by Carlo Gesualdo
Written: by 1596; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs.
Canzon francese à 4 by Carlo Gesualdo
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs.
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