GESUALDO Sesto Libro di Madrigali
La Compagnia del Madrigale
Francesca Cassinari, soprano Rossana Bertini, soprano Laura Fabris, soprano Elena Carzaniga, alto Giuseppe Maletto, tenor Raffaele Giordani, tenor Marco Scavazza, baritone Daniele Carnovich, bass
1 CD - digipak - 77:55 Recorded in Roletto, Italy, in June/July 2012 Engineered by Giuseppe Maletto Produced by Sandro Naglia and CDM Booklet essay: Marco BizzariniEnglish - Français - Italiano - Deutsch
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CARLO GESUALDO DA VENOSA(1566-1613)Sesto Libro di Madrigali, 1611
1 Se la mia morte brami 2 Beltà, poi che t’assenti 3 Tu piangi, o Filli mia 4 Resta di darmi noia 5 Chiaro risplender suole 6 Io parto, e non più dissi 7 Mille volte il dì moro 8 O dolce mio tesoro 9 Deh, come invan sospiro 10 Io pur respiro in così gran dolore 11 Alme d’Amor rubelle 12 Candido e verde fiore 13 Ardita Zanzaretta 14 Ardo per te, mio bene 15 Ancide sol la morte 16 Quel «no» crudel 17 Moro, lasso, al mio duolo 18 Volan quasi farfalle 19 Al mio gioir il ciel si fa sereno 20 Tu segui, o bella Clori 21 Ancor che per amarti 22 Già piansi nel dolore 23 Quando ridente e bella
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To sense the emotional charge coursing through Carlo Gesualdo at the time when he was composing his Sixth Book of Madrigals, there is no better starting point than a thrilling new recording being issued on Glossa from La Compagnia del Madrigale. Some of the finest singers in the madrigal repertoire today – including Giuseppe Maletto, Daniele Carnovich and Rossana Bertini, and they have been refining their a cappella artistry over more than twenty years with groups such as La Venexiana and Concerto Italiano – now restore humanness, warmth, pictorial beauty and richness to one of the most complex cycles in all music. This marks the group’s triumphant entry onto a label which has always made the exploration of the Italian madrigal repertory one of its cornerstones.
Allied to the ensemble’s musical reading is a reevaluation of the essence of the madrigalism of Gesualdo (the Prince of Venosa) by Marco Bizzarini in an absorbing accompanying essay, which draws upon many reactions to the music made during the composer’s own lifetime. Bizzarini highlights the extraordinary beauty, the intense expression of the sentiments and the mastery of counterpoint in Gesualdo’s “23 canapés of caviar” (as Stravinsky termed them).
This new interpretation – and its wealth of nuances – offered by La Compagnia del Madrigale majestically surmounts all the dissonances and difficulties in these madrigals to lay bare the expressive intensity of the music. Graced by an attractive cover design, wholly in keeping with standards of the house, this new recording of Gesualdo’s Sixth Book is a joy to behold and read, as well as to listen to.
Published in 1611 one year after Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Gesualdo’s Sesto Libro di Madrigali offers a strikingly different reflection of Italian music as the Renaissance era evolved into the Baroque. The emotional charge and intensity of the texts for Gesualdo’s madrigals, allied to a complex music involving chromaticisms and dissonances, helped create a collection that has intrigued, delighted and puzzled its listeners from the point of its publication on to our own days. To offer a faithful interpretation of these five-part madrigals from the Sesto Libro in modern times requires musicians of great skill and experience, voices of beauty and clarity, and a sense of musical direction between the singers which is united and consistent. La Compagnia del Madrigale fulfils all these conditions (and expectations) on their new Glossa recording. To understand more about what drives La Compagnia del Madrigale, Daniele Carnovich and Giuseppe Maletto were asked to share their views on approaching the Sesto Libro di Madrigali by Carlo Gesualdo, the Prince of Venosa. [read more...]