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Gesualdo: Dolcissima mia vita. Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro quinto (1611)

Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe

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Philippe Herreweghe continues his exploration of the extraordinary music of Carlo Gesualdo with this recording of the twenty madrigals from the Libro Quinto (Book V), one of the composer's last publications, at the time of his darkest period when he was racked by remorse and questions about the afterlife.

There is a great diversity in this penultimate book, between the terribly dark Mercè grido full of cries and tears, and the joyful pursuit of love in Correte, amanti, o prova. This mixture of lightness and dizzying harmonic boldness is explained through the inclusion of madrigals from different periods in this book. They are written for very erudite texts mixing mind games and metaphysics. "O miracle of love, ah, strange fate, let life not be life, and death not be death" can be heard in the second piece of this Cinquième livre: a text that sounds rather odd, after Gesualdo's double murder of his adulterous wife and her lover.  

These feelings, sometimes light-hearted, sometimes gloomy, are perfectly performed by Philippe Herreweghe and the excellent voices of the Collegium Vocale Gent. The harmonic complexity never disturbs an interpretation that paints a narrative populated by contradictory affects. Gesualdo's chromatic experiments did not escape Stravinsky, who orchestrated two madrigals from this Livre V (numbers 14 and 17) in his Monumentum pro Gesualdo first performed in San Marco in Venice in 1960, a late work by the Russian composer, which may have contributed to the renewed interest in this singular Italian composer. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Madrigali a cinque voci, libro quinto (Carlo Gesualdo)

1
No. 1, Gioite voi col canto
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No. 2, S’io non miro, non moro
00:02:39

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No. 3, Itene, o miei sospiri
00:02:51

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No. 4, Dolcissima mia vita
00:02:27

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No. 5, O dolorosa gioia
00:02:24

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No. 6, Qual fora, donna
00:03:07

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No. 7, Felicissimo sonno
00:01:50

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No. 8, Se vi duol il mio duolo
00:02:42

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No. 9, Occhi del mio cor vita
00:03:05

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No. 10, Languisce al fin
00:03:17

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No. 11, Mercé grido piangendo
00:04:02

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No. 12, O voi troppo felici_
00:01:42

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No. 13, Correte, amanti, a prova
00:02:48

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No. 14, Asciugate i begl’occhi
00:03:20

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No. 15, Tu m’uccidi, o crudele
00:02:11

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No. 16, Deh coprite il bel seno
00:02:54

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17
No. 17, Poi che l’avida – Prima parte
00:02:01

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No. 18, Ma tu, cagion – Seconda parte
00:02:14

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No. 19, O tenebroso giorno
00:02:25

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No. 20, Se tu fuggi, io non resto
00:01:53

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No. 21, ‘T’amo, mia vita!’
00:02:17

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Album Description

Philippe Herreweghe continues his exploration of the extraordinary music of Carlo Gesualdo with this recording of the twenty madrigals from the Libro Quinto (Book V), one of the composer's last publications, at the time of his darkest period when he was racked by remorse and questions about the afterlife.

There is a great diversity in this penultimate book, between the terribly dark Mercè grido full of cries and tears, and the joyful pursuit of love in Correte, amanti, o prova. This mixture of lightness and dizzying harmonic boldness is explained through the inclusion of madrigals from different periods in this book. They are written for very erudite texts mixing mind games and metaphysics. "O miracle of love, ah, strange fate, let life not be life, and death not be death" can be heard in the second piece of this Cinquième livre: a text that sounds rather odd, after Gesualdo's double murder of his adulterous wife and her lover.  

These feelings, sometimes light-hearted, sometimes gloomy, are perfectly performed by Philippe Herreweghe and the excellent voices of the Collegium Vocale Gent. The harmonic complexity never disturbs an interpretation that paints a narrative populated by contradictory affects. Gesualdo's chromatic experiments did not escape Stravinsky, who orchestrated two madrigals from this Livre V (numbers 14 and 17) in his Monumentum pro Gesualdo first performed in San Marco in Venice in 1960, a late work by the Russian composer, which may have contributed to the renewed interest in this singular Italian composer. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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