L’arte del madrigale: Madrigals by Wert, Marenzio, Luzzaschi, Gesualdo and D’India (1586-1616) | Glossa GCD920930

L’arte del madrigale: Madrigals by Wert, Marenzio, Luzzaschi, Gesualdo and D’India (1586-1616)

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD920930

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 9

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th October 2016



Over the years Glossa has been at the forefront of releasing recordings of late Renaissance madrigals, and the label has had the pleasure of assisting superlative artists in doing so: none more so than La Venexiana and its director Claudio Cavina.

The recordings date from the dozen years after La Venexiana’s foundation in 1996, a time of great activity for the ensemble, demonstrating very effectively why La Venexiana has been so popular with audiences and consistently fêted by critics.

These are truly exceptional performances, of such interpretative consistency, to take one through the potent 30 years from 1586 onwards; a time when the madrigal reached its zenith. ‘L’arte del madrigale’ is composed of complete books of madrigals from Luzzaschi, Wert and Marenzio – along with the Neapolitans Gesualdo and D’India. This new box set contains all the booklets for the original recordings (as PDF files) as well as a new essay written by Stefano Russomanno.

‘The singing could hardly be better. The ensemble is outstanding and in the passages for reduced voices and short solos the individual qualities of the singers come to the fore... This is intimate chamber music, which requires subtle interpretation and focused listening. The former is delivered by the singers, the latter is up to you. Attentive listening will be richly rewarded.’ - MusicWeb International, 15 March 2014 (Luzzaschi)

‘This exquisitely modulated Italian ensemble is wonderfully discriminating, extracting the eloquence of the mercurial lines and unobstrusively seeking architectural sense behind the text... Book 4 is heady stuff, indeed’ - Winner Early Music, Gramophone Awards 2001 (Gesualdo)

CD1: Giaches de Wert - La Gerusalemme liberata (1586) +pdfs of the booklets
CD2: Luca Marenzio - Sesto Libro de Madrigali (1594)
CD3: Luzzasco Luzzaschi - Quinto Libro de Madrigali (1595)
CD4: Carlo Gesualdo - Quarto Libro de Madrigali (1596)
CD5: Luca Marenzio - Nono Libro de Madrigali (1599)
CD6: Luzzasco Luzzaschi - Concerto delle Dame (1601)
CD7: Sigismondo d’India - Primo Libro de Madrigali (1606)
CD8: Carlo Gesualdo - Quinto Libro de Madrigali (1611)
CD9: Sigismondo d’India - Terzo Libro de Madrigali (1616)

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