Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gesualdo, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa. (1566-1613) Terzo Libro di Madrigali, a cinque voci, 1595.

From my collection,
Bought in October 2016.
First listen: 21-10-2016.
Second listen: 8-11-2016.
Third listen: 11-1-2017.
Label: Glossa.
Recording dates: September/October/November 2015.
Recording venue: Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, Italy.
Recording engineer: Giuseppe Maletto.
Running time: 63:31.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
See heading, plus bonus tracks.

Scipione Stella: Sento dentr'al cor mio.
Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Dolorosi martir.
Alfonso Fontanelli: Colei che già si bella.

Works performed by:
La Compagnia del Madrigale.



I have the same praise to offer as with the previous issue I played from the same composer and performers. Never before did I hear such perfect performances of Gesualdo's music as the present one, plus the other release of the 6th book. The voices are so well matched, and therefore blend harmoniously. Every syllable clear as a bell, every accent profound, the synergy is amazing, and the text is well presented with all the passionate emotion of which Gesualdo was master. Not that he controlled his passions though. Text and music go together as a glove that fits seamlessly.
The recording is State of the Art.



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