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Concert vocal

Gesualdo - Madrigals, Book 5

Complete Cycle


Gesualdo - Madrigals, Book 5
Complete Cycle


Les Arts Florissants

Musical Direction and tenor



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

Éditions musicales :
Les Arts Florissants (Pascal Duc)


Carlo GESUALDO - Madrigals, Book 5

"Each madrigal (...) becomes a wonderful living work of art, one that shakes you in the heart."
"Perfection seldom becomes so crystalline, forcing the listener to hold their breath."
"The singers produce a smooth, perfectly balanced sound with restrained expressiveness and a formidable finish." Picto-star-130188 Picto-star-130188 Picto-star-130188 Picto-star-130188
Forum Opera
"The sheer inquisitive delight that these singers bring to Gesualdo’s extraordinary world indicates a very exciting series ahead"
Gramophone Magazine (on the recording of Books 1 and 2, winner of the "Early Music" Gramophone Award 2020)  > Read the complete review

Over the course of three seasons, Paul Agnew and his team of singers are exploring the madrigals of one of the most romanesque composers in the history of music: Carlo Gesualdo. After the beginning of the Cycle in 2018, the 2020 – 2021 season will see the presentation of the 5th and 6th books.

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.

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.

Paul Agnew


On October 14, the concert was broadcasted live from the Philharmonie de Paris on Facebook, and can now be watched on YouTube :

Concert recorded by France Musique Logo FranceMusique

This concert is part of a complete cycle of Gesualdo madrigals being performed during three seasons by Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew in partnership with la Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris.  


Previous dates

Season 2020-2021

Rome / Italy
Aula Magna dell'Universita Sapienza

  • Saturday, February 12 2022
  • Wednesday, October 14 2020, 8.30pm

Madrid / Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música

  • Thursday, October 8 2020, 7.30pm

Thiré / France
Quartier des Artistes

  • Tuesday, October 6 2020, Dress rehearsal only for residents of Thiré, volunteers and partners

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