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Agostino Steffani: Duetti da Camera / Alan Curtis; Daniela Mazzucato, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Esswood, John Elwes

Album Summary

>Steffani, Agostino : Tu m'aspettasti al mare, chamber duet
>Steffani, Agostino : M'hai da piangere un di, chamber duet
>Steffani, Agostino : Io voglio provar, chamber duet
>Steffani, Agostino : Placidissime catene
>Steffani, Agostino : Gia tu parti, chamber duet
>Steffani, Agostino : E perche non m'uccidete, chamber duet
>Steffani, Agostino : No, no, no, non voglio se devo amare, chamber duet
>Steffani, Agostino : Liberta! Liberta!, chamber duet
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Notes & Reviews:

The name of Baroque composer Agostine Steffani (1654-1728) has been much in the air recently, and we have taken this opportunity to revive an Archiv Produktion classic from the early 1980s. It features four young Early Music soloist led by Alan Curtis, who in more recent years was behind a whole series of well-received recordings of Handel operas on the label.

In a variety of combination the four soloists - two sopranos and two tenors - present eight charming duets (duetti de camera) by the ubiquitous Steffani (track list attached) to the accompaniment of harpsichord and cello. They range from laments to amorous rejoicings, ending with a plea for liberty from love's bonds.

With its new attractive cover, the CD booklet a full introduction to Steffani and his works, the texts are presented in the original Italian with English translation.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Steffani was well noted for his duets which reveal great sensibility to the text as well as a rich formal diversity. Curtis's performances highlight these virtues as 'Gia tu parti' alluringly reveals.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Studio Lankwitz (09/1981).



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Works Details

>Steffani, Agostino : Tu m'aspettasti al mare, chamber duet
  • Performers: Wouter Moller (Cello); Daniela Mazzucato (Soprano); John Elwes (Tenor); Alan Curtis (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : M'hai da piangere un dì, chamber duet
  • Performers: Wouter Moller (Cello); Paul Esswood (Countertenor); Alan Curtis (Harpsichord); Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Io voglio provar, chamber duet
  • Performers: Wouter Moller (Cello); Daniela Mazzucato (Soprano); John Elwes (Tenor); Alan Curtis (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Placidissime catene
  • Performers: Alan Curtis (Harpsichord); Wouter Moller (Cello); Paul Esswood (Countertenor); Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Gia tu parti, chamber duet
  • Performers: Wouter Moller (Cello); Paul Esswood (Countertenor); Alan Curtis (Harpsichord); Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : E perché non m'uccidete, chamber duet
  • Performers: Wouter Moller (Cello); Daniela Mazzucato (Soprano); John Elwes (Tenor); Alan Curtis (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : No, no, no, non voglio se devo amare, chamber duet
  • Performers: Alan Curtis (Harpsichord); Wouter Moller (Cello); Paul Esswood (Countertenor); John Elwes (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Libertà! Libertà!, chamber duet
  • Performers: Wouter Moller (Cello); Daniela Mazzucato (Soprano); Alan Curtis (Harpsichord); Carolyn Watkinson (Alto)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque