Gesualdo: Madrigals Book 1

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Label: NAXOS
Catalog: 8570548
Format: CD

Alessandro Carmignani, Paolo Costa, Fabio Fùrnari, Paolo Fanciulacci, Marco Scavazza & Walter Testolin Delitiæ Musicæ, Marco Longhini

Wholenote Discoveries - July 2010
This group does a superb job of conveying the sweet and painful longings inherent in texts by Guarini and Tasso made ever so much more excruciating by Gesualdo’s dissonances, chromaticism and quick tonal discombobulations. The group’s purity of tone and precise intonation ensures that these turns are well articulated and deeply understood and provide artfully crafted insights into a virtuosic but deeply disturbed individual. Gesualdo’s history and his music are neither for the faint of heart nor the disingenuous. Dianne Wells

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