Customer Reviews for: Gesualdo: The Complete Madrigals

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 Cesualdo complete marigals April 24, 2014
By B. Wagner (Schoenberg, Oesterrich) -- See All My Reviews
we are so happy with this Edition. It`s simply great sincerely Bernd Wagner Report Abuse

 moving performances March 28, 2014
By Maxwell Sobel (Wesley Chapel, FL) -- See All My Reviews
Very polished and moving renditions of this remarkable composer's works. The diction and amazing harmonies are easily heard as they use minimal vibrato. Bonuses included in the collection are Gesualdo's surviving instrumental pieces, all very well done. The addition of harpsichord to some of the madrigals was at first a bit off-putting, but after repeat listening I found that it generally enhanced the music. There are a few madrigals with harpsichord that I would perhaps have liked better without the accompaniment, mostly because the keyboard player's additions were, in those works, odd. The group is all male so if one is desirous of a female sound on the top line these performances will sound very differently than that. But the male soprano line is exquisitely sung. Overall I feel the performances were very well done, very emotional but not exaggerated. The composer's striking originality is well showcased here. I'm looking forward to this groups' complete Monteverdi madrigals. Report Abuse

 Gorgeous music beautifully sung January 11, 2014
By G K Barranger (Covington, LA) -- See All My Reviews
For anyone interested in Gesualdo, this is the set to get. It is exquisite. Report Abuse

 Disappointing October 29, 2013
By Vincent Cirrincione (Thornton, CO) -- See All My Reviews
Good performance, but terrible interpretation. If you are assuming (as I did) that since the ensemble has male countertenors these will be authentic period style performances, you will be very disappointed. The only reason I even gave it 2 stars instead of 1 is because the recording was good and the ensemble does have good intonation. But the title of the set would more accurately be: Music Loosely Based on Gesualdo Madrigals. Report Abuse

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