GESUALDO DA VENOSA Quinto Libro di Madrigali
La Venexiana Claudio Cavina
La VenexianaClaudio Cavina, director
Rossana Bertini, soprano Valentina Coladonato, soprano Claudio Cavina, countertenor Giuseppe Maletto, tenor Sandro Naglia, tenor Daniele Carnovich, bass
Playing time: 64’15 Recorded at Chiesa di Cuceglio, Italy, in May 2003 and June 2004 Engineered by Davide Ficco & Giuseppe Maletto Produced by Sigrid Lee & La Venexiana Executive producer: Carlos Céster Editorial assistant: María Díaz Art direction & design: oficina tresminutos 00:03:00 Booklet essay: Stefano Russomanno Booklet in English-Français-Deutsch-Italiano-Español
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GESUALDO DA VENOSA (1566-1613)
Quinto Libro di Madrigali, 1611
01 Gioite voi col canto 02 S’io non miro non moro 03 Itene, o miei sospiri 04 Dolcissima mia vita 05 O dolorosa gioia 06 Qual fora, donna 07 Felicissimo sonno 08 Se vi duol il mio duolo 09 Occhi del mio cor vita 10 Languisce al fin 11 Mercè grido piangendo 12 O voi, troppo felici 13 Correte, amanti, a prova 14 Asciugate i begli occhi 15 Tu m’uccidi, o crudele 16 Deh, coprite il bel seno 17 Poichè l’avida sete 18 O tenebroso giorno 19 Se tu fuggi, io non resto20 T’amo, mia vita
About this CD
The Italian ensemble, La Venexiana, renowned for their ongoing recording project of Monteverdi’s madrigals, present the first issue of another groundbreaking cycle: the Gesualdo Edition. This is a direct consequence of the many enthusiastic letters and emails received at Glossa regarding the need for a reference recording of the Prince of Venosa’s madrigalisticoutput.
Carlo Gesualdo is one of the most fascinating composers. It is hard to escape the temptation of seeing in his madrigals the tortured reflection of his psyche, beginning with the murder committed in 1590, when he caught his first wife Maria d’Avalos in blatant adultery with her lover Fabrizio Carafa. The madrigals of the Fifth and Sixth Books are to Gesualdo what the black paintings are to Goya: works conceived in a state of solitude, with no fetters on the artist’s imagination, born in enclosed spaces and used to moving around in their gloom. It is a music fitting to resonate in remote and unusual places. There remains, of course, the possibility of listening to it in concert but then, in order to liberate all its troubling charge, its sounds should be heard through a gate or a door, with the musicians singing out of sight in a different room. Perhaps the disc allows for a reenactment of these conditions. Try it out for yourselves...