We dream to record (september 2014) DOLCISSIMO VELENO, our 2nd CD: a romantic song cycle and a journey though the masterpieces by GESUALDO


The project

La Dolce Maniera presents with Dolcissimo Veleno a CD dedicated to Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1566-1613), an emblematic figure of the end of the Renaissance. Prince of the highest order, passionate about hunting and music, sadly famous for having brutally murdered his wife and her lover, Gesualdo is also considered as one of the most revolutionary composers of musical history.


If the music of Monteverdi, his contemporary, is mostly theater, Gesualdo does not represent the tragedy of human existence but on the contrary, he experiences it, painting it with incredible violence, both on a personal level (the experience of love and death) and on a metaphysical one. The oxymorons constantly present in his music (“gloomy day”, “sad joy”…) are not in fact simple accidents, but consecutive contradictions of human existence: there is no dolcezza (sweetness, tenderness, pleasure…) without veleno (venom, poison), as shadows would not exist without the light. And it’s precisely in accepting this inevitably contradictory dimension of the human condition that one finds the tragic expressed so well by the work of Gesualdo. 



Gesualdo published six books of madrigals between 1594 and 1611. La Dolce Maniera, to provide a complete view of the ensemble of his profane works, has put at least one madrigal from each book into its program composed of 20 madrigals which make up a romantic song cycle. 





Ellen Giacone, soprano



Silvana Torto, mezzosoprano

Why fund it?


The fund will be used to pay part of the following:


- Renting a place to make the recording (church or auditorium)

- Rental of equipment for registration

- Paying the sound engineer 

-  Editing and production of the CD




Damien Roquetty, tenor



La Dolce Maniera, live in Milano

La Dolce Maniera

La Dolce Maniera is a vocal ensemble specialising in the interpretation of 17th- and 21th- century music. The group is in permanent residence Académie Supérieure de Musique in Strasbourg, where Luigi Gaggero (musical director) and Silvana Torto (mezzo-soprano) teach. The name of the ensemble has a double meaning, explaining its aesthetic program: on one... See more