Carlo Gesualdo Biography (Wikipedia)
Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa (30 March 1566 – 8 September 1613), Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian Renaissance composer.
Gesualdo is known for his books of sacred and secular vocal music, particularly his madrigals, some of which explore extreme chromatic progressions and unprepared changes of harmony which were unprecedented at the time, and stretched the boundaries of accepted tonality to a point rarely seen again until the second half of the 19th century. For this reason, Gesualdo has gained posthumous fame and acclaim, particularly from 20th century composers such as Igor Stravinsky.
Gesualdo is also known for his behavior characteristic of possible mental illness, including lewdness, violence, and sadism, culminating in the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Gesualdo is also believed to have engaged in masochistic practices and possibly to have ordered his own death. This has led to various rumors and legends about him over the centuries, with some locals believing he was a victim of demonic possession.
- Gesualdo: Madrigals from Book V and VIhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zvpj6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zvpj6.jpg2014-05-27T15:12:00.000ZStephen Johnson and vocal group, Exaudi explore Gesualdo's madrigals.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zvpkr
Gesualdo: Madrigals from Book V and VI
- Gesualdo: Round Uphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w3rp1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w3rp1.jpg2014-03-23T17:01:00.000ZTess Knighton discusses her personal recommendations for recordings of Gesualdo's musichttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w3rp4
Gesualdo: Round Up
- Gesualdo: Ave Dulcissima Maria - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-16T14:41:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Gesualdo's Ave Dulcissima Maria.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nh8lz
Gesualdo: Ave Dulcissima Maria - Preview Clip
Carlo Gesualdo Tracks