Thursday, August 22, 2013

More Music of Agostino Steffani – Cecilia and Friends

Found while browsing teh Interwebz:

Cecilia Bartoli has top billing, but if you drill down a bit, you'll find who drew me in: 
  • Daniel Behle
  • Julian Pregardian (yes, son of Christoph)
  • Nuria Rial

Product Description from

...Cecilia Bartolis exploration of the music of Steffani continues on from her best-selling recording Mission with an album of the celebrated Stabat Mater alongside Steffanis greatest sacred works for chorus, orchestra and soloists, constituting the most comprehensive collection of Steffanis sacred choral music on CD.

Bartoli leads an array of internationally celebrated singers including countertenor Franco Fagioli, the bass Salvo Vitale and the two young German tenors Daniel Behle and Julian Pregardian. Diego Fasolis conducts the authentic instrument forces of I Barocchisti and the chorus of RSI Lugano.

Steffanis Stabat Mater is his masterpiece, completed shortly before he died in 1728. It has been described as the most powerful expression of his religious fervour and, at almost half an hour, the largest-scale, most complex and heartfelt of his compositions outside his operas. The opening solo Stabat Mater dolorosa featured on the Mission DVD.

The album is completed by six world premiere recordings of the best of Steffanis remaining sacred music, including Sperate in Deo and Laudate Pueri. These are scored for orchestra, chorus and soloists featuring two young baroque-specialist sopranos Nuria Rial and Yetzabel Arias Fernandez alongside Behle, Pregardien and Vitale.


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