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Gesualdo: O Dolorosa Gioia / Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Alessandrini


Release Date: 11/14/2000 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30238   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carlo GesualdoPhilippe de MontePomponio NennaGiovanni D. Montella,   ... 
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


There is always much talk that the circumstances of Carlo Gesualdo's life dictated the intensity of his music: dubbed the "principe assassino", the high-born, well-connected Gesualdo murdered his wife and her lover after finding them together, then beat a hasty retreat to live in near total solitude on his estate. Even without these intrigues and scandals, though, Gesualdo strikes a fascinating figure. His compositions make for far from easy listening. He is a hurricane of emotion, the very portrait of torment. With the strange harmonies, ear-bending melodies, and anguished poetry of these 10 madrigals (and one canzone for solo harp), he rips you apart but doesn't offer any musical solace
Read more or sense of refuge at journey's end. Rinaldo Alessandrini and his 10 musicians plunge us straight into this full-force gale. It's almost as if they were doing battle with the scores, but, luckily for us, both sides emerge victorious. The spareness of his forces and the clean countours of Alessandrini's attacks make Gesualdo's relentlessness even more plaintive, and the extraordinarily precise sound makes every compositional oddity that much more evident.


We also hear a selection of madrigals by four of Gesualdo's contemporaries: Filippp de Monte, Pomponio Nenna, Giovan Domenico Montella, and Luzzasco Luzzaschi (the last of whom he knew). All of these pieces are quite interesting on their own terms, but they pale in comparison to the master. Listening to these performances is an undoubtedly exhausting pursuit, but incredibly rewarding all the same.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 6: Moro, lasso, al mio duolo by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Madrigals, Book 6: Se la mia morte brami by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
Madrigals, Book 6: Beltà, poi che t'assenti by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
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 
Language: Italian 
5.
Madrigals, Book 5: Asciugate i begli occhi by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Madrigals, Book 5: Gioite voi col canto by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
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 
Language: Italian 
8.
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 
Language: Italian 
9.
Canzon francese del principe by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Language: Italian 
10.
Madrigals, Book 5: Mercè grido piangendo by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Language: Italian 
11.
Madrigals, Book 5: Tu m'uccidi, o crudele by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Language: Italian 
12.
Madrigals, Book 17: Di mie dogliose note by Philippe de Monte
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; Prague, Czech Republ 
Language: Italian 
13.
Madrigals, Book 4: Occhi miei che vedeste by Pomponio Nenna
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Language: Italian 
14.
Madrigals, Book 7: Se lontana voi sete by Giovanni D. Montella
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Language: Italian 
15.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ahi, cruda sorte mia by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; Ferrara, Italy 
Language: Italian 
16.
Madrigals, Book 5: Lungi da te cor mio by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; Ferrara, Italy 
Language: Italian 
17.
Madrigals, Book 6: Itene mie querele by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1596; Ferrara, Italy 
Language: Italian 

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