[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 7 February 2020
Having thoroughly explored the madrigals of Monteverdi, Paul Agnew returns to the genre, this time focusing on the work of Gesualdo, whose mastery of chromaticism and dissonance eventually turned these expressive devices into a defining feature of his musical style. A fascinating repertoire that Paul Agnew and his team delight in offering here.
"The sheer inquisitive delight that these singers bring to Gesualdo's extraordinary world indicates a very exciting series ahead" Gramophone
"These five-voice miniatures contain no hint of the tortured mind that the experimental harmonies of later works are usually taken to represent. They are, rather, exquisitely wrought, lavishly expressive pieces on the subject of love, sung unaccompanied and with affecting ardour by Les Arts Florissants" Sunday Times