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David Hurwitz, June 2020

Also available: MONTEVERDI, C.: Complete Madrigals (15-CD Boxed Set)

…abosolutely magnificent…the performances are simply magnificent…a spectacular set of all six book of Madrigals… © 2020 Watch complete review

Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, May 2016

Whether examined cursorily or in detail, Gesualdo’s music remains wondrously unfathomable because it drifts assuredly across our modern understanding of tonality and harmony. …I can’t fathom how Gesualdo can be both sensual and fickle in the same phrase, …Delitiæ Musicæ’s traversal of all six books is consistently clear and painstakingly detailed. …Gesualdo’s gorgeousness shocks at every turn… © 2016 La Folia Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, March 2014

…the performance quality…is first-rate. The singers of Delitiæ Musicæ, individually and collectively, are fascinating…The clarity of Delitiæ Musicæ’s diction is also enhanced by the recorded sound, which has just enough space around the voices to give them a nice ambience while still keeping them close enough to the microphone to let you hear every single word. I was also enormously impressed with their individual and collective vocal “attack”: The notes do not simply “appear out of the air,” but each has a distinctive and clear consonant beginning that, miraculously, does not disrupt the musical flow.

The real aesthetic question is, unless you are a Gesualdo scholar, do you really need to have this complete set? Based on both the high quality of the music as well as the performances, I would say yes… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, November 2013

…Naxos collected all five of Longhini’s releases into a single box set. That makes for quite a lot of music…having the full canon available allows one to appreciate the extent of the relationship between these compositions and Gesualdo’s biographical journey…there is much to appreciate in the work of this prince for whom making music of any kind was basically beyond the pale of the conventions of his day. © 2013 Read complete review

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