Gesualdo - Madrigals Books 1 & 2 | Harmonia Mundi HAF890530708

Gesualdo - Madrigals Books 1 & 2

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HAF890530708

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th October 2019



Following the success of their recordings of Monteverdi Madrigals, Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants embark on a survey of Madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo – author of both some of the most traditional five-part madrigals ever written and of some of the most extreme vocal chamber works in the history of composition. Gesualdo’s music is intensely expressive. In his madrigals, the subjects of beauty and desire are inextricably bound up with suffering and death. This release features the first two of the composer's eight books of madrigals.


Throughout this recording the unaccompanied voices underplay Gesualdo’s quirks, consigning actions and emotions to subtler, less frenetic planes than others have before, and maintain flowing, conversational tempos. ... The sheer inquisitive delight that these singers bring to Gesualdo’s extraordinary world indicates a very exciting series ahead.  Edward Breen
Gramophone December 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice Gramophone Award Winner

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