Carlo Gesualdo

Born 8 March 1566. Died 8 September 1613.
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Gesualdo: Madrigals from Book V and VI

Stephen Johnson and vocal group, Exaudi explore Gesualdo's madrigals.

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Carlo Gesualdo (Venosa, 8 March 1560 – Gesualdo, 8 September 1613), also known as Gesualdo da Venosa (Gesualdo from Venosa), Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian nobleman, lutenist, composer and murderer.

As a composer of the late Renaissance, he is remembered for writing intensely expressive madrigals and sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century.

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