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Concert vocal

Gesualdo - Madrigals, Book 2

Complete cycle


Gesualdo - Madrigals, Book 2
Complete cycle


Les Arts Florissants

Musical Direction and tenor



Miriam ALLAN, soprano
Hannah MORRISON, soprano
Lucile RICHARDOT, contralto
Sean CLAYTON, tenor
Edward GRINT, bass

Musical Editions:
Les Arts Florissants (Pascal Duc)


Orlando DI LASSO - Concupiscendo concupiscit

Pomponio NENNIA - Candida man ti bacio

Pomponio NENNIA - Se taccio il duol s’avanza

Claudio MONTEVERDI - O come è gran martire

Cipriano de RORE - Anchor che col partire

Luca MARENZIO - Non è questa la mano

Michelangelo ROSSI - Alma afflitta, che fai ?

Michelangelo ROSSI - Occhi, un tempo mia vita

Carlo GESUALDO - Maria mater gratiae

Carlo GESUALDO - Reminiscere miserationum


Carlo GESUALDO - Caro amoroso neo

Carlo GESUALDO - Ma se tale ha costei

Carlo GESUALDO - Hai rotto, e sciolto, e spento a poco a poco

Carlo GESUALDO - Se per lieve ferita

Carlo GESUALDO - Che sentir deve il petto mio che langue

Carlo GESUALDO - In più leggiadro velo

Carlo GESUALDO - Se così dolce è il duolo

Carlo GESUALDO - Ma se avverrà ch'io moia

Carlo GESUALDO - Se taccio, il duol s’avanza

Carlo GESUALDO - O come è gran martire

Carlo GESUALDO - O mio soave ardore

Carlo GESUALDO - Sento che nel partire

Carlo GESUALDO - Non è questa la mano

Carlo GESUALDO - Né tien face, o saetta

Carlo GESUALDO - Candida man, qual neve, a gl'occhi offerse

Carlo GESUALDO - Dalle odorate spoglie

Carlo GESUALDO - E quell'arpa felice

Carlo GESUALDO - Non mai, non cangerò

Carlo GESUALDO - All'apparir di quelle luci ardenti

Carlo GESUALDO - Non mi toglia il ben mio

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

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 2018-2019

Ubeda / Spain
Ciudad de ubeda

  • Friday, June 21 2019, 9pm, Festival Internacional de Música y Danza 'Ciudad de Úbeda'

Madrid / Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música

  • Friday, June 7 2019, 7.30pm

Paris / France
Amphithéâtre de la Cité de la musique

  • Wednesday, June 5 2019, 8.29pm

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