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Gesualdo - Book 1



Gesualdo - Book 1


Les Arts Florissants


Miriam ALLAN, soprano
Hannah MORRISON, soprano
Mélodie RUVIO, contralto
Sean CLAYTON, tenor
Edward GRINT, bass


Benedetto PALLAVICINO - Frenò Tirsi il desio (Seconda parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Ne reminiscaris Domine

Luzzasco LUZZASCHI - Dolorosi martir, fieri tormenti

Claudio MONTEVERDI - Baci soavi, e cari

Luca MARENZIO - Baci soavi, e cari (Prima parte)

Luca MARENZIO - Baci amorosi, e belli (Seconda parte)

Benedetto PALLAVICINO - Tirsi morir volea (Prima parte)

Benedetto PALLAVICINO - Così moriro i fortunati amanti (Terza parte)

Luca MARENZIO - Baci affamati, e 'ngordi (Terza parte)


Carlo GESUALDO - Baci soavi e cari

Luca MARENZIO - Baci cortesi, e grati (Quarta parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Quant'ha di dolce Amore (2. parte)

Luca MARENZIO - Baci, ohimè, non mirate (Quinta & ultima parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Tribulationem et dolorem

Carlo GESUALDO - Mentre Madonna il lasso fianco posa

Carlo GESUALDO - Com'esser può ch'io viva se m'uccidi?

Carlo GESUALDO - Hei mihi domine

Luca MARENZIO - Tirsi morir volea (Prima parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Gelo ha Madonna il seno, e fiamma il volto

Carlo GESUALDO - Mentre Madonna il lasso fianco posa

Luca MARENZIO - Frenò Tirsi il desio (Seconda parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Ahi, troppo saggia nell'errar (2. parte)

Luca MARENZIO - Così moriro i fortunati amanti (Terza parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Se da sì nobil mano

Carlo GESUALDO - Amor, pace non chero (2. parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Sì gioioso mi fanno i dolor miei

Carlo GESUALDO - O dolce mio martire

Carlo GESUALDO - Tirsi morir volea

Carlo GESUALDO - Frenò Tirsi il desio (2. parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Mentre, mia stella, miri

Carlo GESUALDO - Non mirar, non mirare

Carlo GESUALDO - Questi leggiadri odorosetti fiori

Carlo GESUALDO - Felice primavera

Carlo GESUALDO - Danzan le ninfe honeste, e i pastorelli (2. parte)

Carlo GESUALDO - Son sì belle le rose

Carlo GESUALDO - Bella Angioletta, da le vaghe piume

Following the success of Monteverdi’s Madrigals, Paul Agnew and his team of singers will now dedicate three years to the earlier madrigals of Carlo Gesulado, author of both some of the most traditional 5 part madrigals ever written and of some of the most extreme vocal chamber works in the history of composition.

“Count Gesualdo was a self-proclaimed violent murderer, a devout and repenting Christian, a nobleman and a published composer all at the same time. A complex and contradictory character, he played a key role in a turning point in the history of music at the beginning of the 17th century, contributing some of the fundamental elements which will secure a place for new, dramatic and modern music – la seconda prattica.

In 2018 we undertake the first step in a cycle of the six books of madrigals. We will attempt to place them in their context by associating them with music of their contemporaries and retracing the emergence of the chromatic madrigal, trying to understand how Gesualdo finally came to write at the very end of his life, music which today continues to shock and fascinate.

Sometimes treated as a mad man having lost all sense of reason, Gesualdo was indeed an artist who followed a compositional logic and contributed to enlarging and pushing the possibilities of musical expression to its limits.”

Paul Agnew

Previous dates

Season 2018-2019

Florence / Italy
Teatro della Pergola

  • Monday, October 29 2018

Séville / Spain
Espacio Turina

  • Saturday, October 27 2018

Madrid / Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música

  • Thursday, October 25 2018, 7.30pm

Paris / France
Amphithéâtre de la Cité de la musique

  • Tuesday, October 23 2018, 8.30pm

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