Gesualdo - Terzo Libro di Madrigali (1595) | Glossa GCD922806

Gesualdo - Terzo Libro di Madrigali (1595)


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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD922806

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th October 2016



With Carlo Gesualdo’s Third Book of Madrigals, La Compagnia del Madrigale continue their dynamic view of late Renaissance Italian repertory, which has seen the vocal ensemble garlanded with critical praises and prizes since the time of its initial Glossa release – Gesualdo’s Sixth Book – three years ago. Although Gesualdo’s Third Book came out but one year after his first two books, it manifests a transitional style that led into the ‘late style’ of the Fifth and Sixth Books. In his essay Marco Bizzarini develops this idea and points to the darkening of Gesualdo’s psychological profile at the time, which is mirrored in the melancholic nature of the madrigals in the Third Book.

In the texts, joy and grief are frequently intermingled - yet each time freshly considered - and although there are named writers such as Battista Guarini present, many of the texts are anonymous; the inference being that Gesualdo himself might have been their author. Musically, the development is signalled especially by a greater use of violent dissonance than before, and demonstrating that Gesualdo could creatively reflect highly-charged emotions in music through counterpoint: no need for monody for him.

In these exposed and unaccompanied madrigals, La Compagnia del Madrigale blends its trademark expertise and vocal freshness to take the listener on a fascinating sound journey.

La Compagnia del Madrigale:
- Rossana Bertini (soprano)
- Francesca Cassinari (soprano)
- Elena Carzaniga (alto)
- Giuseppe Maletto (tenor)
- Raffaele Giordani (tenor)
- Daniele Carnovich (bass)
- Laura Fabris (soprano)
- Annalisa Mazzoni (alto)

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