Gesualdo & Collegium Vocale Ghent

January 31, 2024, 10:00 pm

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Gesualdo: 'O dolce mio martire' (Photo: Flopinot2012, CC BY-SA 3.0, cropped, via Wikimedia Commons)

On this week’s edition of Baroque&Before, we hear the highly expressive polyphony of Carlo Gesualdo, as Collegium Vocale Ghent, under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, offers some of the revolutionary madrigals that would shape the Baroque era, and harmonies that would not be heard again until the 19th century.

Tonight’s program, part of “Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival,” was recorded live in concert August 27, 2021, in Warsaw’s Philharmonic Concert Hall. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able share tonight’s program as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear below when the stream is accessible.


Carlo Gesualdo (ca 1561-1613)
Madrigali a 5 voci, libro Quinto

Gioite voi col canto
Take pleasure in singing while I weep

S’io non miro, non moro
If I look not, I die not
Itene, o miei sospiri

My sighs, may you wing your way to her who is causing my bitter tormet

Dolcissima mia vita
My sweet beloved, why do you withhold the relief which I long for

O dolorosa goia
O dolorous joy, o sweet suffering

Qual fora, donna
What purpose does a sweet sigh of love serve if the sigh which it draws from you so inflamed my heart

Felicissimo sonno
Most happy sleep

Se vi duol il mio duolo
If my sorrow saddens you, you are the only one who can turn my sorrows all to joy

Occhi del mio cor vita
Eyes, life of my heart

Languisce al fin
He who is slipping away from life languishes toward the end

Marce grido pianogendo
Mercy I cry, weeping, but who hears me

Asciugate i begli occhi
Dry those lovely eyes

Tu m’uccidi, o crudele
Heartless murderer of love

O tenebroso giorno
O dark day, unhappy is my fate

T’amo mia vita
I love you, my life

Collegium Vocale Ghent; Philippe Herreweghe, conductor