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GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 4 (Madrigali libro quarto, 1596) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini)


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GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 4 (Madrigali libro quarto, 1596) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini)

Gesualdo’s Fourth Book of Madrigals contains some of the most inspired and anguished vocal works in the entire madrigal repertoire, written while the composer was tormented by remorse after the murder of his wife and her lover. This collection is filled with technical innovation and extremes of expressiveness in its setting of highly dramatic texts. Unexpected dissonance, harmonic twists and elusive asymmetries all serve to dismantle the compositional rules of the period. Previous volumes in this series have been widely acclaimed. The Guardian described Book 2 (8.570549) as having “great beauty and lyrical force”.

Gesualdo, Carlo
Arlotti, Ridolfo, lyricist(s)

  Luci serene e chiare
1.   Luci serene e chiare 00:04:56

Gesualdo, Carlo

  Tal'hor sano desio
2.   Tal'hor sano desio 00:03:51
  Io tacero, ma nel silenzio mio
3.   Io tacero, ma nel silenzio mio 00:04:03
4.   Invan, dunque, o crudele 00:03:40
  Che fai meco, mio cor
5.   Che fai meco, mio cor 00:02:40
  Questa crudele e pia
6.   Questa crudele e pia 00:04:45
  Hor che in gioia
7.   Hor che in gioia 00:01:19
8.   O sempre crudo amore 00:03:35

Gesualdo, Carlo
Guarini, Giovanni Battista, lyricist(s)

  Cor mio, deh, non piangete
9.   Cor mio, deh, non piangete 00:02:13
10.   Dunque non m'offendete 00:02:35

Luzzaschi, Luzzasco

  Toccata del quarto tono
11.   Toccata del quarto tono 00:02:48

Gesualdo, Carlo

  Sparge la morte al mio Signor
12.   Sparge la morte al mio Signor 00:07:27
  Moro, e mentre sospiro
13.   Moro, e mentre sospiro 00:02:08
14.   Quando di lui la sospirata vita 00:01:54
  Mentre gira costei
15.   Mentre gira costei 00:02:35
  A voi, mentre il mio core
16.   A voi, mentre il mio core 00:03:03
  Ecco, moriro dunque
17.   Ecco, moriro dunque 00:02:06
18.   Ahi, gia mi discoloro 00:03:05
  Arde il mio cor
19.   Arde il mio cor 00:03:53
  Se chiudete nel core
20.   Se chiudete nel core 00:02:22
  Il sol qual or più splende
21.   Il sol qual or più splende 00:01:26
22.   Volgi mia luce 00:02:33

Total Playing Time: 01:08:57

Gesualdo, Carlo; Luzzaschi, Luzzasco

Arlotti, Ridolfo; Guarini, Giovanni Battista

Longhini, Marco

Delitiae Musicae

Leoni, Carmen

Label: Naxos

Series: Early Music Collection

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Choral - Secular; Instrumental

Period: Renaissance

Catalogue No: 8.572137

Barcode: 747313213771

Boxset: 8.507013

Physical Release: 06/2012

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