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Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace


Orazio VecchiAffrettiamoci tutti di fruire
Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaSoave fia il morir
Claudio MonteverdiSfogava con le stelle, SV 78
Alessandro StriggioMisero Ohime
Luca MarenzioSenza il mio sole
Claudio MonteverdiRimanti in Pace, SV 74
Alessandro OrologioOmnia vincit amor
Rinaldo del MelMadonna io non so far
Philippe de MonteZefiro torna
Francesco CortecciaS'altri d'amor sospira
Carlo GesualdoFelice primavera
Carlo GesualdoAsciugate i begli occhi
Gy├Ârgy LigetiNonsense Madrigals: selection
Cristofano MalvezziLieti solcando il mare


The Gesualdo Six

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Programme Note

Trace the evolution of the madrigal from Claudio Monteverdi to György Ligeti in this entrancing programme.

Monteverdi led the way in a new expressive style of composition, emphasising words just as much as harmonies – and breaking the rules as he went. Palestrina, Gesualdo and Marenzio feature alongside several works of the Il Trionfo di Dori, a collection of madrigals composed in honour of the wife of a Venetian nobleman.

Ligeti’s Nonsense Madrigals parody earlier madrigals by using old compositional techniques as vehicles for humorous portrayals of texts from children’s literature by Lewis Carroll and William Brighty Rands.

‘The sheer beauty of the group’s sound… is spellbinding.’

The Gesualdo Six

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