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.

  • Playlist

    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