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Paul Agnew|Gesualdo : Madrigali, Libri primo & secondo

Gesualdo : Madrigali, Libri primo & secondo

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew

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 Much gossip has surrounded the double murder committed by Carlo Gesualdo, who killed his young wife and her lover when he caught them in flagrante delicto. The remorse he felt for this atrocious crime is said to have inspired the Neapolitan composer to write new harmonies, using and abusing scraping and characterful chromatisms. Paul Agnew takes aim at this widespread belief, contending that "this aristocratic double murder only indirectly influenced the musician's life." In a very interesting introductory text, the "Associate Musical Director" of the Arts Florissants sets the figure of Gesualdo back into his historical context, explaining just how his tormented psychological state would have fed into his own musical evolution, alongside the musical journeys of his peers. The same line of argument is also made by musicologist Denis Morrier in his analysis of the two first Books of Madrigals, which are presented here: "At once visionary and conservative, eccentric in language and conventional in form, these works have fascinated musicians and commentators across the ages", he writes.
Following the recording of 17 madrigals from Book IV to Book VI, conducted by William Christie in 1988, this new album marks the first stage of a complete recording of Gesualdo's Madrigals, which are to be performed across three seasons at the Philharmonie de Paris. Passionate, violent, dark and burning with meaning, Gesualdo's music touches the heart and speaks to us of the doubts and contradictions of the human soul. © François Hudry/Qobuz


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Gesualdo : Madrigali, Libri primo & secondo

Paul Agnew

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Libro I. Baci soavi, e cari (Carlo Gesualdo)

1
Prima parte : Baci soavi, e cari
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:25

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

2
Seconda parte : Quant'ha di dolce Amore
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:31

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Madonna, io ben vorrei (Carlo Gesualdo)

3
Madonna, io ben vorrei
Les Arts Florissants
00:03:00

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Com'esser può ch'io viva se m'uccidi (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Com'esser può ch'io viva se m'uccidi
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:12

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Gelo ha Madonna il seno (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Gelo ha Madonna il seno
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:07

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Mentre Madonna il lasso fianco posa (Carlo Gesualdo)

6
Prima parte : Mentre Madonna il lasso fianco posa
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:14

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

7
Seconda parte : Ahi, troppo saggia nell'errar ; felice
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:10

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Se da sì nobil mano (Carlo Gesualdo)

8
Prima parte : Se da sì nobil mano
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:54

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

9
Seconda parte : Amor, pace non chero
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:27

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Sì gioioso mi fanno i dolor miei (Carlo Gesualdo)

10
Sì gioioso mi fanno i dolor miei
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:44

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Luigi Cassola, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. O dolce mio martire (Carlo Gesualdo)

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O dolce mio martire
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:27

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Tirsi morir volea (Carlo Gesualdo)

12
Prima parte : Tirsi morir volea
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:19

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

13
Seconda parte : Frenò Tirsi 'l desio
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:45

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Mentre, mia stella, miri (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Mentre, mia stella, miri
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:16

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Non mirar, non mirare (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Non mirar, non mirare
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:21

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Filippo Alberti, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Questi leggiadri odorosetti fiori (Carlo Gesualdo)

16
Questi leggiadri odorosetti fiori
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:50

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Livio Celiano (alias Angelo Grillo), Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Felice primavera (Carlo Gesualdo)

17
Prima parte : Felice primavera
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:32

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

18
Seconda Parte : Danzan le ninfe honeste, e i pastorelli
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:26

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Son sì belle le rose (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Son sì belle le rose
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:15

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Livio Celiano (alias Angelo Grillo), Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro I. Bella Angioletta da le vaghe piume (Carlo Gesualdo)

20
Bella Angioletta da le vaghe piume
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:05

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

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Libro II. Caro amoroso neo (Carlo Gesualdo)

1
Prima parte : Caro amoroso neo
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:40

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

2
Seconda parte : Ma se tale ha costei
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:42

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Hai rotto, e sciolto, e spento a poco a poco (Carlo Gesualdo)

3
Hai rotto, e sciolto, e spento a poco a poco
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:26

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Se per lieve ferita (Carlo Gesualdo)

4
Prima parte : Se per lieve ferita
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:51

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

5
Seconda parte : Che sentir deve il petto mio che langue
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:04

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. In più leggiadro velo (Carlo Gesualdo)

6
In più leggiadro velo
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:09

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Se così dolce è il duolo (Carlo Gesualdo)

7
Prima parte : Se così dolce è il duolo
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:51

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

8
Seconda Parte : Ma s'avverrà ch'io moia
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:59

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Se taccio, il duol s'avanza (Carlo Gesualdo)

9
Se taccio, il duol s'avanza
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:00

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. O come è gran martire (Carlo Gesualdo)

10
Prima parte : O come è gran martire
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:08

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

11
Seconda parte : O mio soave ardore
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:18

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Sento che nel partire (Carlo Gesualdo)

12
Sento che nel partire
Les Arts Florissants
00:03:47

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author (Parafrasi di Alfonso d'Avalos)

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Non è questa la mano (Carlo Gesualdo)

13
Prima parte : Non è questa la mano
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:54

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

14
Seconda parte : Né tien face, o saetta
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:51

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Poet

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Candida man, qual neve, a gl'occhi offerse (Carlo Gesualdo)

15
Candida man, qual neve, a gl'occhi offerse
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:53

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Dalle odorate spoglie (Carlo Gesualdo)

16
Prima parte : Dalle odorate spoglie
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:52

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

17
Seconda parte : E quell'arpa felice
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:36

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Non mai, non cangerò (Carlo Gesualdo)

18
Non mai, non cangerò
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:38

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. All'apparir di quelle luci ardenti (Carlo Gesualdo)

19
All'apparir di quelle luci ardenti
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:11

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

Libro II. Non mi toglia il ben moi (Carlo Gesualdo)

20
Non mi toglia il ben moi
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:30

Les Arts Florissants - Paul Agnew, Conductor - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Unknown Author

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 Les Arts Florissants

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 Much gossip has surrounded the double murder committed by Carlo Gesualdo, who killed his young wife and her lover when he caught them in flagrante delicto. The remorse he felt for this atrocious crime is said to have inspired the Neapolitan composer to write new harmonies, using and abusing scraping and characterful chromatisms. Paul Agnew takes aim at this widespread belief, contending that "this aristocratic double murder only indirectly influenced the musician's life." In a very interesting introductory text, the "Associate Musical Director" of the Arts Florissants sets the figure of Gesualdo back into his historical context, explaining just how his tormented psychological state would have fed into his own musical evolution, alongside the musical journeys of his peers. The same line of argument is also made by musicologist Denis Morrier in his analysis of the two first Books of Madrigals, which are presented here: "At once visionary and conservative, eccentric in language and conventional in form, these works have fascinated musicians and commentators across the ages", he writes.
Following the recording of 17 madrigals from Book IV to Book VI, conducted by William Christie in 1988, this new album marks the first stage of a complete recording of Gesualdo's Madrigals, which are to be performed across three seasons at the Philharmonie de Paris. Passionate, violent, dark and burning with meaning, Gesualdo's music touches the heart and speaks to us of the doubts and contradictions of the human soul. © François Hudry/Qobuz


Details of original recording : Recorded June 2019, Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris (France)

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