L’ARTE DEL MADRIGALE Madrigals by Wert, Marenzio, Luzzaschi, Gesualdo and D’India
GCD 920930 (9 CDs)
La VenexianaClaudio Cavina, director
Recorded between November 1997 and August 2009 Engineers: Davide Ficco, Matteo Costa Producers: Sigrid Lee, La Venexiana Executive producer: Carlos Céster Original booklet essay: Stefano Russomanno English – Français – Deutsch – EspañolMade in the Netherlands
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L’ARTE DEL MADRIGALEMadrigals by Wert, Marenzio, Luzzaschi, Gesualdo and D’India
CD 1 Giaches de Wert:La Gerusalemme liberata (1586)
CD 2 Luca Marenzio: Sesto Libro de Madrigali (1594)
CD 3 Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Quinto Libro de Madrigali (1595)
CD 4 Carlo Gesualdo: Quarto Libro de Madrigali (1596)
CD 5 Luca Marenzio: Nono Libro de Madrigali (1599)
CD 6 Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Concerto delle Dame (1601)
CD 7 Sigismondo d’India: Primo Libro de Madrigali (1606)
CD 8 Carlo Gesualdo: Quinto Libro de Madrigali (1611)
CD 9 Sigismondo d’India: Terzo Libro de Madrigali (1616)
CD no. 1 also contains PDF files of the complete original booklets
About this box set
Over the years Glossa has been at the forefront of releasing recordings of late Renaissance madrigals, and the label has had the pleasure of assisting superlative artists in doing so: none more so than the voices of La Venexiana and its director Claudio Cavina. A reflection of such creative richness comes through now in a special limited-edition nine-CD box set, entitled L’arte del madrigale.
The recordings date from the dozen years after La Venexiana’s foundation in 1996, a time of great activity for the ensemble, and which complements the Monteverdi Complete Madrigals Books set, released two years ago. These two impressive box sets demonstrate very effectively why La Venexiana has been so popular with audiences and why it has been fêted by critics also.
It is remarkable to have such musical and expressive guides – and with such interpretative consistency – to take one now through the potent thirty yearperiod in the development of the Italian madrigal from 1586 onwards; a time when the madrigal reached its zenith. Within the nonet of recordings in L’arte del madrigale are to be found complete books of madrigals from composers who reflected the greater textual expressivity of the new seconda prattica – Luzzaschi, Wert and Marenzio – along with the Neapolitan freedoms demonstrated by Gesualdo and D’India. The new box set contains all the booklets for the original recordings (as PDF files) as well as a new essay written by Stefano Russomanno.