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Gesualdo: Madrigali, Libri terzo & quarto

Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew

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The facts of Carlo Gesualdo's life are perhaps as well known as his music: he caught his wife and her lover in the act, brutally murdered them both, fled her enraged family, and entered a life of seclusion where he pursued increasingly arcane and extreme musical experiments. A source of controversy with the present release may be that Les Arts Florissants director Paul Agnew argues in the booklet that the wildly experimental qualities of the last books of Gesualdo's madrigals, even found in the Book IV pieces included here, actually shouldn't be connected to the murder but were rather in the cards at the end of the long Italian madrigal tradition. Agnew has a certain amount of evidence on his side; other composers such as Luca Marenzio and the melodiously named Luzzasco Luzzaschi pursued the same kinds of innovations as Gesualdo did. Whatever one's position, these are unusually strong Gesualdo performances. What Agnew and his singers do that often eludes others is to pay attention to the texts, avoiding the agonized mannerisms common in the repertory and deploying just a hint of inflection toward speech instead of sung pitch where it's appropriate. The range of dynamics and phrasing is large -- listen to the deliciously quiet "Dolcissimo sospiro" -- and the listener's interest never flags over the substantial program. Les Arts Florissants have performed Gesualdo frequently, and they are well attuned to the tremendous tension in his music, the feeling of having no idea where the music will go next, no matter where that tension may actually have been coming from. If your Gesualdo collection is in need of a refresh from the classic recordings of Stravinsky's day, this is a fine choice; it is also a good place to start with Gesualdo for anybody.
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1
Voi volete ch'io mora: I. Voi volete ch'io mora
00:01:11

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Lyricist

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2
Voi volete ch'io mora: II. Moro, o non moro?
00:02:22

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Lyricist

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3
Ahi, disperata vita
00:01:48

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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4
Languisco, e moro, ahi, cruda!
00:03:44

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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5
Del bel de' bei vostri occhi
00:02:30

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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6
Ahi, dispietata e cruda
00:03:03

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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7
Dolce spirto d'amore
00:02:36

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Lyricist

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8
Sospirava il mio core: I. Sospirava il mio core
00:01:42

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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9
Sospirava il mio core: II. O mal nati messaggi e mal intesi
00:02:38

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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10
Veggio sì dal mio sole
00:02:27

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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11
Non t'amo, o voce ingrata
00:02:13

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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12
Meraviglia d'amore: I. Meraviglia d'amore
00:01:11

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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13
Meraviglia d'amore: II. Ed ardo e vivo, dolc'aura gradita
00:01:55

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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14
Crudelissima doglia
00:02:58

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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15
Se piange ohimè la donna del mio core
00:03:12

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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16
Ancidetemi pur, grievi martiri
00:02:53

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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17
Se vi miro pietosa
00:02:18

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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18
Deh, se già fu crudele al mio martire
00:01:50

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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19
Dolcissimo sospiro
00:02:56

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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20
Donna, se m'ancidete
00:02:36

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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DISC 2

1
Luci serene, e chiare
00:03:37

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Ridolfo Arlotti, Lyricist

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2
Tal'hor sano desio
00:03:12

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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3
Io tacerò, ma nel silentio mio: I. Io tacerò, ma nel silentio mio
00:02:45

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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4
Io tacerò, ma nel silentio mio: II. In van dunque, o crudele
00:02:15

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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5
Che fai meco, mio cor misero e solo
00:02:15

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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6
Questa crudele, e pia
00:03:06

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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7
Hor ch'in gioia credea viver contento: I. Hor ch'in gioia credea viver contento
00:01:06

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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8
Hor ch'in gioia credea viver contento: II. O sempre crudo Amore
00:02:13

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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9
Cor mio, deh, non piangete: I. Cor mio, deh, non piangete
00:01:25

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Lyricist

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10
Cor mio, deh, non piangete: II. Dunque non m'offendete
00:02:28

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Lyricist

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11
Sparge la morte al mio signor nel viso
00:04:26

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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12
Moro, e mentre sospiro: I. Moro, e mentre sospiro
00:01:35

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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13
Moro, e mentre sospiro: II. Quando di lui la sospirata vita
00:02:02

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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14
Mentre gira costei
00:02:37

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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15
A voi, mentre il mio core
00:02:07

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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16
Ecco, morirò dunque: I. Ecco, morirò dunque
00:01:30

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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17
Ecco, morirò dunque: II. Ahi! già mi discoloro
00:02:22

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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18
Arde 'l mio cor, ed è sì dolce il foco
00:02:50

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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19
Se chiudete nel core
00:02:04

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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20
Il sol, qual hor più splende: I. Il sol, qual hor più splende
00:01:07

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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21
Il sol, qual hor più splende: II. Volgi mia luce, volgi entro 'l mio seno
00:02:10

Anonymous, Lyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Paul Agnew, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble, MainArtist - Carlo Gesualdo, Composer

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Album Description

The facts of Carlo Gesualdo's life are perhaps as well known as his music: he caught his wife and her lover in the act, brutally murdered them both, fled her enraged family, and entered a life of seclusion where he pursued increasingly arcane and extreme musical experiments. A source of controversy with the present release may be that Les Arts Florissants director Paul Agnew argues in the booklet that the wildly experimental qualities of the last books of Gesualdo's madrigals, even found in the Book IV pieces included here, actually shouldn't be connected to the murder but were rather in the cards at the end of the long Italian madrigal tradition. Agnew has a certain amount of evidence on his side; other composers such as Luca Marenzio and the melodiously named Luzzasco Luzzaschi pursued the same kinds of innovations as Gesualdo did. Whatever one's position, these are unusually strong Gesualdo performances. What Agnew and his singers do that often eludes others is to pay attention to the texts, avoiding the agonized mannerisms common in the repertory and deploying just a hint of inflection toward speech instead of sung pitch where it's appropriate. The range of dynamics and phrasing is large -- listen to the deliciously quiet "Dolcissimo sospiro" -- and the listener's interest never flags over the substantial program. Les Arts Florissants have performed Gesualdo frequently, and they are well attuned to the tremendous tension in his music, the feeling of having no idea where the music will go next, no matter where that tension may actually have been coming from. If your Gesualdo collection is in need of a refresh from the classic recordings of Stravinsky's day, this is a fine choice; it is also a good place to start with Gesualdo for anybody.
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