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(1561 - 1613)

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, murderer in 1590 of his guilty wife and her lover, later took a wife from the d’Este family, rulers of Ferrara, whose musical interests coincided with his own. He wrote a quantity of sacred and secular vocal music and a relatively small number of instrumental pieces. In style his music is unusual in its sudden changes of tonality, its harmony and its intensity of feeling, qualities that have found particular favour among some modern theorists.

Secular Vocal Music

Gesualdo, a nobleman of melancholy reserve, published six books of madrigals, the second of them originally under an improbable pseudonym. These include some remarkable and striking compositions, such as the five-voice Moro, lasso, al mio duolo, and the earlier Ahi, disperata vita.

Sacred Vocal Music

Gesualdo’s numerous sacred compositions include works intended for the liturgy of Good Friday and Holy Saturday, as well as Marian compositions such as Ave, dulcissima Maria and Ave, regina caelorum. Volumes of sacred music in a Sacrarum cantionum liber primus (‘First Book of Sacred Songs’) of works in five parts and another of works in six and seven parts were published in Naples in 1603.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Artist Profile Series - Jeremy Summerly Naxos 8.506024
GESUALDO The Complete Madrigals Naxos 8.507013
Sacred Masterpieces of the Renaissance Naxos 8.505020

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMARCORD: Book of Madrigals (The) (NTSC) Accentus Music
Classical Concert
AVE MARIA - Les plus beaux Ave Maria et chants a la Vierge (The Most Beautiful Ave Marias and Songs to the Virgin) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Brass Ensemble Arrangements - TORRE, F. de la / SUSATO, T. / GESUALDO, C. / DOWLAND, J. / MONTEVERDI, C. (Then) (Stockholm Chamber Brass) BIS
Chamber Music
Discover Early Music Naxos Educational
Choral - Sacred
GESUALDO - Death for 5 Voices (Werner Herzog) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Documentary
GESUALDO, C.: Death for Five Voices (Documentary, 1995) (Blu-ray) Arthaus Musik
Classical Documentary
GESUALDO, C.: Death for Five Voices (Documentary, 1995) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Documentary
GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 1 (Madrigali libro primo, 1594) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini) Naxos
Choral - Secular
GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 2 (Madrigali libro secondo, 1594) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini) Naxos
Instrumental, Vocal Ensemble, Instrumental, Choral - Secular
GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 3 (Madrigali libro terzo, 1595) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini) Naxos
Choral - Secular
GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 4 (Ensemble Arte Musica, Cera) Tactus
Instrumental, Vocal Ensemble
GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Book 4 (Madrigali libro quarto, 1596) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini) Naxos
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Books 5 and 6 (Madrigali libro quinto e sesto, 1611) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini) Naxos
Choral - Secular, Vocal Ensemble, Choral - Secular
GESUALDO: Sacred Music for Five Voices (Complete) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Harp Recital: Nishiyama, Marie - RUIZ DE RIBAYAZ, L. / DA VINCI, L. / GESUALDO, C. / BACH, J.S. (5 Historical Harps) Naxos Japan
KING'S SINGERS (THE): From Byrd to the Beatles (PAL) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
MACQUE, G.: Capriccio sopra re, fa, mi, sol / Seconde Stravaganze / TREMATERRA, R.: Partite sopra Zefiro (Canzon del principe) Divox
Medieval Music - BUSNOYS, A. / GESUALDO, C. / MONTEVERDI, C. / GIBBONS, O. / BULL, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. (Angels of Antiquity) Dorian Sono Luminus
Choral - Sacred
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / MORLEY, T. / JANEQUIN, C. / GESUALDO, C. / ISAAC, H. (Music from the Renaissance) (Lamentabile Consort) Proprius
Vocal Ensemble
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
Chamber Music
Vocal Music (Renaissance) - GESUALDO, C. / MONTEVERDI, C. / WERT, G. de / MARENZIO, L. (The Mannerist Revolution) (Pomerium, Blachy) Dorian Sono Luminus
Vocal Ensemble
VOICE (Eternal) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
World of Early Music Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
GESUALDO: Sacred Music for Five Voices (Complete) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
VOICE (Eternal) Naxos
Choral - Sacred

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