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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri terzo & quarto (2021)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri terzo & quarto (2021)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri terzo & quarto (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 437 Mb | Total time: 97:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HAF 8905309.10 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

Following the acclaim which met their 2-CD set devoted to the first two books of Gesualdo's madrigals (2020 Gramophone Award), Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants now focus on the composer's Ferrara period. Books III and IV mark a turning point in Gesualdo's output. The murderous prince's inner demons seem to be reflected in the heightened expressiveness of these madrigals, whose reliance on chromaticism and dissonance was so far ahead of it's time that it's like would not be heard again until centuries later.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 70:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Symphonia | # SY 94133 | Recorded: 1994

Founded in Amsterdam in 1979 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music, Il Complesso Barocco, has become a renowned international baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their rich discography was for a time devoted to the late madrigal repertory, and the film director Werner Herzog chose the ensemble as protagonists for his film Morte a cinque voci (Prix Italia 1996 and Premio Rembrandt, Amsterdam 1996) dedicated to the composer Carlo Gesualdo.

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

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Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.86 Gb | Total time: 15:10:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94032 | Recorded: 1994-2002

A stunning collection of some of the greatest sacred music ever written. From the great Lamentations of Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina, the listener is taken on a remarkable spiritual journey through Bach’s great St Matthew Passion, Purcell’s moving and bleak funeral music for Queen Mary, and Handel radiant Messiah. Pergolesi’s masterful setting of the Stabat Mater and Telemann’s Passions-Oratorium are also to be found here, along with Haydn’s Stabat Mater and his dark and intense masterpiece Die sieben letzen Worte, or The Seven Last Words of our Saviour from the Cross. Finally, Allegri’s hauntingly beautiful Miserere opens this collection – a work that was copied from memory after one hearing by the child Mozart. Prior to that moment the work had only been heard in the Vatican.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 81:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905307.08 | Recorded: 2019

Having thoroughly explored the madrigals of Monteverdi, Paul Agnew returns to the genre, this time focusing on the work of Gesualdo, whose mastery of chromaticism and dissonance eventually turned these expressive devices into a defining feature of his musical style. A fascinating repertoire that Paul Agnew and his team delight in offering here.

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Gesualdo: Secondo Libro di Madrigali (2019)

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La Compagnia del Madrigale - Gesualdo: Secondo Libro di Madrigali (2019)

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Gesualdo: Secondo Libro di Madrigali (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 67:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 922809 | Recorded: 2018

The Second Book of Madrigals of Carlo Gesualdo provides the focal point for the latest in La Compagnia del Madrigale’s stunning reappraisals of the glories of the Italian madrigal on Glossa.
Probably written by Gesualdo between the time of the double honour killing of his first wife and her lover and his subsequent remarriage, the second book presents a sophisticated compositional mastery quite in keeping with the later books, albeit offering a calmer and gentler approach compared to the more tortured and twisted musical and psychological turns found in the last books.

La Venexiana - L'arte del madrigale: de Wert, Marenzio, Luzzaschi, Gesualdo, d'India [9CDs] (20016)

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La Venexiana - L'arte del madrigale: de Wert, Marenzio, Luzzaschi, Gesualdo, d'India [9CDs] (20016)

La Venexiana - L'arte del madrigale: Giaches de Wert, Luca Marenzio, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Carlo Gesualdo, Sigismondo d'India [9CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.13 Gb | Total time: 07:56:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 920920 | Recorded: 1997-2009

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 the voices of La Venexiana and its director Claudio Cavina. This release is a reflection of such creative richness. The recordings on this release date from the dozen years after La Venexianas foundation in 1996, a time of great activity for the ensemble, and which complements the Monteverdi Complete Madrigals Books set, released previously. These two impressive collections demonstrate effectively why La Venexiana has been so popular with audiences and why it has been praised by critics as well.

Marco Longhini, Delitiæ Musicæ - Carlo Gesualdo: The Complete Madrigals [7CDs] (2013)

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Marco Longhini, Delitiæ Musicæ - Carlo Gesualdo: The Complete Madrigals [7CDs] (2013)

Marco Longhini, Delitiæ Musicæ - Carlo Gesualdo: The Complete Madrigals [7CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 07:13:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.507013 | Recorded: 2007-2011

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, became famous for two reasons: the bloody double murder of his first wife and her lover, and his passionate and erotic view of profane love. The Madrigals chart the changes in Gesualdos style, and contain some of the most inspired and anguished vocal works in the entire madrigal repertoire, on the themes of love, rejection, death, suffering, joy and sorrow. Brimming with often astonishing and sometimes unpredictable melodic and tonal contrasts to express the agonies and ecstacies of love, Gesualdos Madrigals show him to have been one of the most inventive and eccentric musical minds of his age.

A Sei Voci - Gesualdo: Repons du Vendredi Saint (1983)

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A Sei Voci - Gesualdo: Repons du Vendredi Saint (1983)

A Sei Voci - Gesualdo: Repons du Vendredi Saint (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 185 Mb | Total time: 37:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 4509-97411-2 | Recorded: 1982

Gesualdo is now known to have composed some of the most intensely expressive music ever written – and is also known for the lurid details of his private life. The French ensemble A Sei Voci has rich-toned voices which illuminate this extraordinary music; this release is among the ‘second generation’ of Gesualdo recordings following the pioneering work of the Deller Consort in the 1970s. Their success paved the way for a wider recognition of Gesualdo’s genius in the 1990s.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (1985)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (1985)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater; Cavalli: Salve Regina; Gesualdo: Ave, Dulcissima Maria; Jacques Clément: O Maria, Vernans rosa (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 190 Mb | Total time: 46:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45219-2 | Recorded: 1984

These works by Scarlatti, Cavali, Gesualdo and Clément form a posy in honour of the Virgin, a reflection and echo of the abundant wealth of Western polyphony. The pieces recorded here share an undoubted Roman Catholic identity. They are, as it were, witnesses, each in its own way, of the ever-renewed adventure of discovery of choral singing, and they illustrate the idea of a Marian liturgy that is both a source of beauty and emotion and a spiritual guide to the faithful.

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Melancholia: Madrigals and motets around 1600 (2018)

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Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Melancholia: Madrigals and motets around 1600 (2018)

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Melancholia: Madrigals and motets around 1600 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 67:11 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902298 | Recorded: 2017

Melancholic poetry provided endless nourishment for musical creativity in the late Renaissance. In his first recording for harmonia mundi, Geoffroy Jourdain leads Les Cris de Paris in music from the cusp of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. From Bryd to Gesualdo, Italian and English madrigals rub shoulders with motets and Tenebrae responsories, finding pleasure even in meditating on what causes one's pain.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (2002)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (2002)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 212 Mb | Total time: 52:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | # CDGIM 015 | Recorded: 1987

'Is this great music or merely weird?' wrote John Milsom in his review of this album in Gramophone. Gesualdo's sacred music, like his secular madrigals, is both eccentric and passionate.