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Agostino Steffani : Niobe, regina di Tebe

Jaroussky - Gauvin... - Paul O'Dette / Stephen Stubbs

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Il est vrai que Agostino Steffani (1654–1728) n’est pas une star de la composition comme certains de ses contemporains ; à tort, peut-on estimer à l’écoute de ce Niobe, reine de Thèbes, opéra créé en 1688 à Munich. Longtemps tombé dans l’oubli, l’ouvrage en sortait en 2013 lors de l'Early Music Festival de Boston, avec la participation d’une vraie star, le contreténor français Philippe Jaroussky pour un superbe résultat discographique, qu’il convient de saluer chapeau bas. On y découvrira que Steffani fut un étonnant creuset de toutes les grandes influences de son temps, le stilo antico de sa jeunesse, puis le flamboyant opéra vénitien, un passage à Paris chez Lully pour le genre à la française, et une écriture orchestrale particulièrement soignée et inventive qui laisse une large part aux instruments solistes – à une époque où il était l’usage de faire accompagner les opéras avec ce dont on disposait, selon les endroits et les habitudes locales. Luxure, ambition, désespoir, rage, vengeance, meurtres, infanticides, tout est décrit avec un luxe de brillantes extravagances qui ont dû causer bien du souci aux musiciens de 1688, tellement Steffani les met à contribution. Les voix elles-mêmes sont sollicités à l’extrême, mais avec Jaroussky aux commandes vocales, on ne peut que s’attendre au meilleur – attente pleinement satisfaite. Voilà un ajout précieux à votre discothèque baroque. © SM/Qobuz


« Pressentie par quelques airs distillés dans le récital Steffani de Cecilia Bartoli — Mission (Diapason d'Or) —, la splendeur de Niobe n'avait pas encore été révélée en intégralité au disque. [...] Sa captation soignée (en studio) rend justice à une merveille, jalon essentiel du chemin qui mène à l'opéra vénitien triomphant des années 1640-1660 (Monteverdi-Cavalli) au seria. Inspiré par les Métamorphoses d'Ovide, le livret d'Orlandi narre la chute de Niobe. Fille de Tantale et épouse d'Amphion, roi de Thèbes, elle affirme par orgueil être l'égale des dieux et trahit son époux avec le prétendant Clearte. La vengeance sera terrible, les dieux tueront ses enfants, Amphion se suicidera, Niobe se changera en pierre. [...] Anfione est l'alpha et l'oméga musical qui offre un rôle sur mesure à Philippe Jaroussky. Le contreténor au zénith, rendu à un état de grâce inné et maîtrisé, [...] nous subjugue. Dans une distribution ne montrant aucune faiblesse, Karina Gauvin en grande voix manie le fer et le miel de l'arrogante Niobe [...] Si on ajoute un orchestre affûté et un continuo qui répond au doigt et à l'œil, on tient avec cette Niobe le premier opéra incontournable de l'année 2015.» (Diapason, février 2015 / Sophie Roughol)

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Niobe, regina di Tebe (Agostino Steffani)

1
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: Sinfonia
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:29

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

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Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Venga Clearte" (Anfione, Niobe, Nerea)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:18

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

3
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Sollievo del mio seno" (Anfione, Niobe)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:03:18

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

4
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Ecco à piè di chi impera" (Clearte, Nerea, Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:33

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

5
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Miratemi begl'occhi" (Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:48

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

6
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Splendetemi d'intorno" (Niobe, Clearte, Nerea)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:25

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

7
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "È felice il tuo cor" (Niobe)
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:18

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

8
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Che sento?" (Clearte, Nerea)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:43

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

9
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Quasi tutte" (Nerea)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:15

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

10
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Rio destin che pretendi" (Clearte)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:39

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

11
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Son amante, e sempre peno" (Clearte)
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:48

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

12
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Della famosa Tebe" (Tiberino)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:39

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

13
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Alba essulti, e il Lazio goda" (Tiberino)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:03

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

14
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Suon di lontana caccia" (Tiberino, Manto)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:44

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

15
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: Ritornello
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:23

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

16
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Oh valor; oh virtute" (Manto, Tiberino)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:38

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

17
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Se la vita à me donasti" (Manto)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:50

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

18
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Figlia ove sei" (Tiresia, Tiberino, Manto)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:38

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Christian Immler, Baritone Vocals - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

19
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Amor t'attese al varco" (Tiresia)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:15

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Christian Immler, Baritone Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

20
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Svelò fatal la piaga" (Tiberino, Manto)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:30

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

21
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Tu non sai che sia diletto" (Tiberino)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:41

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

22
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Oh d'amor troppo ignaro" (Manto)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:50

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

23
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Vuoi ch'io parli, parlerò" (Manto)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:48

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

24
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: Ritornello
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:43

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

25
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Dormi Creonte, e in tanto" (Poliferno, Creonte)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:32

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Terry Wey, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jesse Blumberg, Baritone Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

26
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Dove sciolti à volo i vanni" (Creonte)
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:00

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Terry Wey, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

27
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Sù, per goder ben tosto" (Poliferno)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:31

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jesse Blumberg, Baritone Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

28
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Nuovo soglio, e nuova bella" (Poliferno)
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:27

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jesse Blumberg, Baritone Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

29
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Dell'alma stanca" (Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:03:09

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

30
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Sfere amiche" (Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:04:51

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

31
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Anfion mio desio" (Niobe, Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:00:34

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

32
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Vorrei sempre vagheggiarti" (Niobe)
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:15

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

33
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Eccola" (Nerea, Clearte, Niobe, Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:18

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

34
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "E tu qual gelo, ò sasso" (Nerea, Clearte, Niobe)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:03

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

35
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "C'hò da morir tacendo" (Clearte)
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:46

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Aaron Sheehan, Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

36
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Forsennato vaneggia" (Nerea)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:36

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

37
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Che agli assalti degli amanti" (Nerea) - Ritornello
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:04

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

38
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Ecco Tebe" (Poliferno, Creonte)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:35

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Terry Wey, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jesse Blumberg, Baritone Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

39
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Anderei fin nell'Inferno" (Creonte)
Stephen Stubbs
00:01:23

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Terry Wey, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

40
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Oh di Lico infelice" (Poliferno)
Stephen Stubbs
00:00:59

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jesse Blumberg, Baritone Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

41
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Fiera Aletto" (Poliferno)
Stephen Stubbs
00:02:17

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jesse Blumberg, Baritone Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

42
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Popoli o voi, ch'un tempo" (Anfione, Voci di popolo)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:45

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

43
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Come padre, e come dio" (Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:03:01

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

44
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Mà che miro? " (Anfione)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:00:16

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

45
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Assistetemi" (Nerea)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:00:41

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

46
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Niobe ove giungi" (Niobe, Anfione, Nerea)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:14

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

47
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "O d'insano ardimento" (Tiresia, Anfione, Nerea, Niobe)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:49

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Christian Immler, Baritone Vocals - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

48
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Mia fiamma, mio ardore" (Anfione, Niobe)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:12

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Karina Gauvin, Soprano Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

49
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Tu con lingua si sciolta" (Nerea) - "Numi datemi aita" (Tiresia, Manto, Tiberino)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:15

Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Christian Immler, Baritone Vocals - Colin Balzer, Tenor Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Jose Lemos, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Amanda Forsythe, Soprano Vocals

2014 © 2015 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company.

50
Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act 1: "Di strali, e fulmini" (Tiresia)
Philippe Jaroussky
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Philippe Jaroussky, MainArtist - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Lute - Christian Immler, Baritone Vocals - Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra - Agostino Steffani, Composer

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Chronique

Il est vrai que Agostino Steffani (1654–1728) n’est pas une star de la composition comme certains de ses contemporains ; à tort, peut-on estimer à l’écoute de ce Niobe, reine de Thèbes, opéra créé en 1688 à Munich. Longtemps tombé dans l’oubli, l’ouvrage en sortait en 2013 lors de l'Early Music Festival de Boston, avec la participation d’une vraie star, le contreténor français Philippe Jaroussky pour un superbe résultat discographique, qu’il convient de saluer chapeau bas. On y découvrira que Steffani fut un étonnant creuset de toutes les grandes influences de son temps, le stilo antico de sa jeunesse, puis le flamboyant opéra vénitien, un passage à Paris chez Lully pour le genre à la française, et une écriture orchestrale particulièrement soignée et inventive qui laisse une large part aux instruments solistes – à une époque où il était l’usage de faire accompagner les opéras avec ce dont on disposait, selon les endroits et les habitudes locales. Luxure, ambition, désespoir, rage, vengeance, meurtres, infanticides, tout est décrit avec un luxe de brillantes extravagances qui ont dû causer bien du souci aux musiciens de 1688, tellement Steffani les met à contribution. Les voix elles-mêmes sont sollicités à l’extrême, mais avec Jaroussky aux commandes vocales, on ne peut que s’attendre au meilleur – attente pleinement satisfaite. Voilà un ajout précieux à votre discothèque baroque. © SM/Qobuz


« Pressentie par quelques airs distillés dans le récital Steffani de Cecilia Bartoli — Mission (Diapason d'Or) —, la splendeur de Niobe n'avait pas encore été révélée en intégralité au disque. [...] Sa captation soignée (en studio) rend justice à une merveille, jalon essentiel du chemin qui mène à l'opéra vénitien triomphant des années 1640-1660 (Monteverdi-Cavalli) au seria. Inspiré par les Métamorphoses d'Ovide, le livret d'Orlandi narre la chute de Niobe. Fille de Tantale et épouse d'Amphion, roi de Thèbes, elle affirme par orgueil être l'égale des dieux et trahit son époux avec le prétendant Clearte. La vengeance sera terrible, les dieux tueront ses enfants, Amphion se suicidera, Niobe se changera en pierre. [...] Anfione est l'alpha et l'oméga musical qui offre un rôle sur mesure à Philippe Jaroussky. Le contreténor au zénith, rendu à un état de grâce inné et maîtrisé, [...] nous subjugue. Dans une distribution ne montrant aucune faiblesse, Karina Gauvin en grande voix manie le fer et le miel de l'arrogante Niobe [...] Si on ajoute un orchestre affûté et un continuo qui répond au doigt et à l'œil, on tient avec cette Niobe le premier opéra incontournable de l'année 2015.» (Diapason, février 2015 / Sophie Roughol)

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