David A. McConnell
, August 2012
Delitiae Musicae has reached the fourth book in their recordings of Gesualdo’s complete Madrigals, and in many ways it is their best effort…the level of technical and musical accomplishment has developed throughout…
The singing on this album is simply phenomenal. Intonation is virtually flawless, and they offer just the right mix of homogenous and individual sound. The shaping of phrases, the ebb-and flow, as well as the constantly changing dynamics is effortless—this is a group who seem to be of one mind, an essential aspect of the best madrigal singing. Additionally, the chosen keys often add to the expressive potential: most of these texts convey darker emotions, and there is thrilling emotional immediacy when the baritone and bass move into their lowest registers.
The recording is excellent, the voices crystal clear, with the continuo instruments used selectively, which adds another layer of variety to these performances. The notes also include full texts, an absolute must when listening to any madrigal. These are the best performances yet in an already strong series of recordings—and there is no better way to get to know this wonderful music—I anxiously await their recording of Book 5! © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review