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Cecilia Bartoli|Agostino Steffani : Stabat Mater

Agostino Steffani : Stabat Mater

Cecilia Bartoli - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera - I Barocchisti - Diego Fasolis

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Agostino Steffani, roughly contemporary with Arcangelo Corelli, worked mostly in Germany and was known across the continent for his operatic music. Some of it was championed by mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli on her daring Mission album. Now Bartoli, properly more in the background as part of a sacred-music ensemble, returns with an album of Steffani's religious music, for which he was equally renowned. She joins a group of fine soloists, many of whom will be familiar to early music devotees and quite worthy of the broader audience association with Bartoli and the major Decca label will bring. The vigorous instrumental ensemble I Barocchisti, its leader Diego Fasolis, and the commendably sizable Swiss Radio Choir are all top-notch. As for the music itself, the six sacred pieces (psalms, antiphons, motets) that conclude the album give the best idea of the diversity of Steffani's style. Some are partly in the pure Palestrina traditional unaccompanied choral style; some are in the Italian style of the middle 17th century with grand oppositions of choral groups; and some reflect up-to-the-minute solo vocal writing. Bartoli fans will naturally gravitate toward an example of the latter, Non plus me ligate (track 9), and it's gorgeous. But Bartoli, whose voice has taken on some fascinating burnished tones that she is allowed to let speak for themselves here, is also featured prominently in the main attraction, the Stabat Mater, which stands somewhat apart from the rest of the music and fell into disuse soon after Steffani's death, probably because it was already somewhat old-fashioned. But it is old-fashioned in the way that Bach's music is old-fashioned. Like Pergolesi's setting of this somber text, it was the composer's swan song, written at the end of his long life, and it is a tragic work indeed. It might be beautifully paired in performance with the Pergolesi work. Bartoli and her gorgeous lower register have plenty to do, but the spotlight at the end falls on the male soloists, Daniel Behle, Julian Prégardien, and Salvo Vitale, whose trio work is positively sepulchral. This is a gorgeous performance of a work unjustly neglected by music history. Highly recommended.
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Stabat Mater (Agostino Steffani)

1
Dolorosa
Cecilia Bartoli
00:02:11

Traditional, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Cuius animam gementem…. O quam tristis
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
00:01:59

Traditional, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Daniel Behle, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
Quis est homo qui non fleret…. Quis non posset
Franco Fagioli
00:02:46

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Daniel Behle, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
Pro peccatis suae gentis
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
00:01:18

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

5
Vidit suum dulcem Natum
I Barocchisti
00:01:07

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Salvo Vitale, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
Eja Mater, fons amoris… Fac, ut ardeat … Sancta Mater… Tui nati vulnerati
Cecilia Bartoli
00:04:15

Traditional, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Daniel Behle, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Prégardian, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Fac me vere tecum flere…. Juxta Crucem
Diego Fasolis
00:02:26

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Daniel Behle, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
Virgo virginum praeclara
Daniel Behle
00:01:28

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Daniel Behle, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Julian Prégardian, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Salvo Vitale, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

9
Fac ut portem Christi mortem
Cecilia Bartoli
00:01:02

Traditional, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Prégardian, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
Fac me plagis vulnerary
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
00:01:06

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Inflammatus e accensus…. Fac me cruce custodiri
Daniel Behle
00:01:27

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Daniel Behle, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Julian Prégardian, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Salvo Vitale, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Quando corpus morietur… Fac ut animae donetur
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
00:03:58

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
Steffani: Beatus Vir
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
00:05:15

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

14
Steffani: Non Plus Me Ligate
Cecilia Bartoli
00:06:21

Traditional, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

15
Steffani: Triduanas A Domino
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
00:02:51

Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Choir, MainArtist

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

16
Steffani: Laudate Pueri
Yetzabel Arias Fernandez
00:09:35

Nuria Rial, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Daniel Behle, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Prégardian, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Salvo Vitale, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

17
Steffani: Sperate in Deo
Núria Rial
00:12:56

Nuria Rial, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, Author - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Prégardian, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Salvo Vitale, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

18
Steffani: Qui Diligit Mariam
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
00:10:03

Traditional, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ulrich Ruscher, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Diego Fasolis, Conductor, MainArtist - I Barocchisti, Orchestra, MainArtist - Agostino Steffani, Composer - Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Salvo Vitale, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

Agostino Steffani, roughly contemporary with Arcangelo Corelli, worked mostly in Germany and was known across the continent for his operatic music. Some of it was championed by mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli on her daring Mission album. Now Bartoli, properly more in the background as part of a sacred-music ensemble, returns with an album of Steffani's religious music, for which he was equally renowned. She joins a group of fine soloists, many of whom will be familiar to early music devotees and quite worthy of the broader audience association with Bartoli and the major Decca label will bring. The vigorous instrumental ensemble I Barocchisti, its leader Diego Fasolis, and the commendably sizable Swiss Radio Choir are all top-notch. As for the music itself, the six sacred pieces (psalms, antiphons, motets) that conclude the album give the best idea of the diversity of Steffani's style. Some are partly in the pure Palestrina traditional unaccompanied choral style; some are in the Italian style of the middle 17th century with grand oppositions of choral groups; and some reflect up-to-the-minute solo vocal writing. Bartoli fans will naturally gravitate toward an example of the latter, Non plus me ligate (track 9), and it's gorgeous. But Bartoli, whose voice has taken on some fascinating burnished tones that she is allowed to let speak for themselves here, is also featured prominently in the main attraction, the Stabat Mater, which stands somewhat apart from the rest of the music and fell into disuse soon after Steffani's death, probably because it was already somewhat old-fashioned. But it is old-fashioned in the way that Bach's music is old-fashioned. Like Pergolesi's setting of this somber text, it was the composer's swan song, written at the end of his long life, and it is a tragic work indeed. It might be beautifully paired in performance with the Pergolesi work. Bartoli and her gorgeous lower register have plenty to do, but the spotlight at the end falls on the male soloists, Daniel Behle, Julian Prégardien, and Salvo Vitale, whose trio work is positively sepulchral. This is a gorgeous performance of a work unjustly neglected by music history. Highly recommended.
© TiVo

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