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Getting Away With Murder

Carlo Gesualdo is forced to act after learning of his wife's infidelity, brutally murdering her and her lover in an honour killing. Donald Macleod recounts the story.

Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, notorious for the murder of his first wife and cousin, Maria d'Avalos. In his earliest extant composition he pleads for divine mercy for his misdeeds. This was written several years before committing a brutal murder to defend his honour. Until the death of his older brother, Carlo Gesualdo was always destined for a career in the Church. But on becoming the heir to the house of Gesualdo he married his beautiful cousin, Maria d'Avalos, said to be the most beautiful woman in Naples. Later, learning of her infidelity, he was obliged to act to preserve the honour of his house. Donald recounts some of the horrendous events of that night in 1590 when Gesualdo - a man passionately interested in music and in hunting - would deal with his wife and her lover.

Moro lasso (transcribed by Tönu Kaljuste)
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Ne reminiscaris; In te Domine speravi
La Compagnia del Madrigale

Baci soave e cari; Quanto ha di dolce Amore; Mentre Madonna il lasso fianco posa;
Ahi, troppo saggia nell'erar
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam
Harry van der Kamp, director

Com'esser può ch'io viva se m'uccidi; Son sì belle le rose; Bell'angioletta da le vaghe piume
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam
Harry van der Kamp, director

Caro amoroso neo; Ma se tale ha costei; Se cosi dolce e il duolo; Ma se averra ch'io moia
Delitiae Musicae
Marco Longhini, director

Canzon francese del principe
Fabio Antonio Falcone, harpsichord

Sento che nel partire
Kassiopeia Quintet

O Crux benedicta (arranged by Erkki Sven Tüür)
Tallinnn Chamber Orchestra
Tönu Kaljuste, conductor.

1 hour

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Mon 26 Mar 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Moro Lasso

    Orchestra: Tallinna Kammerorkester. Conductor: Tõnu Kaljuste.
    • Erkki-Sven Tuur, Brett Dean: Gesualdo.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 1.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Ne Reminiscaris

    Ensemble: La Compagnia del Madrigale.
    • Glossa GCD922801.
    • Glossa.
    • 37.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    In Te Domine Speravi

    Ensemble: La Compagnia del Madrigale.
    • Glossa GCD922801.
    • Glossa.
    • 12.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Baci Soavi E Cari

    Choir: Amsterdam Gesualdo Consort. Director: Harry van der Kamp.
    • Madrigali Libri I-III.
    • CPO.
    • 1.
  • Gesualdo

    Quanto ha di dolce Amore

    Ensemble: Gesualdo Consort of Amsterdam. Singer: Harry van der Kamp.
    • CPO.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Com'esser Puo Ch'io Viva Se M'uccidi

    Choir: Amsterdam Gesualdo Consort. Singer: Harry van der Kamp.
    • Madrigali Libri I-III.
    • CPO.
    • 4.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Son Si Belle Le Rose

    Ensemble: Gesualdo Consort of Amsterdam. Singer: Harry van der Kamp.
    • CPO.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Bella Angioletta, Da Le Vaghe Piume

    Choir: Amsterdam Gesualdo Consort. Singer: Harry van der Kamp.
    • Madrigali Libri I-III.
    • CPO.
    • 20.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Caro Amoroso Neo

    Ensemble: Delitiæ Musicæ. Conductor: Marco Longhini.
    • Naxos 8.570549.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Gesualdo

    Ma Se Tale Ha Costei

    Ensemble: Delitiæ Musicæ. Conductor: Marco Longhini.
    • Naxos.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Se Così Dolce E Il Duolo

    Ensemble: Delitiæ Musicæ. Conductor: Marco Longhini.
    • Naxos 8.570549.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Canzon Francese Del Principe

    Performer: Fabio Antonio Falcone.
    • Brilliant Classics 94998.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 24.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Sento Che Nel Partire

    Performer: Kassiopeia Quintet.
    • Globe GLO 5222.
    • Globe.
    • 12.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    O Crux Benedicta

    Ensemble: Odhecaton Ensemble. Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Nostrum. Director: Andrea De Carlo.
    • Ricercar.
    • Ricercar.
    • 3.

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