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Steffani (d.1728): Stabat Mater / Bartoli, Rial, Fernandez, Behle, Pregardien, Vitale.

Album Summary

>Steffani, Agostino : Stabat Mater, for 6 voices & organ
>Steffani, Agostino : Beatus vir, for 3 voices, 2 violins & organ
>Steffani, Agostino : Non plus me ligate, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo
>Steffani, Agostino : Triduanas a domino, for double chorus
>Steffani, Agostino : Laudate Pueri, psalm for 9 voices & continuo
>Steffani, Agostino : Sperate in Deo, for 5 voices & organ
>Steffani, Agostino : Qui diligit Mariam, for 5 voices
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bartoli continues her exploration of Steffani's music by championing this major sacred work - her first Stabat Mater since the best-selling Pergolesi recording.

Cecilia Bartoli's mission to explore the music of Steffani continues from her best-selling recording - 'Mission' - with an album of the celebrated Stabat Mater alongside other sacred works for chorus, orchestra and soloists.

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 Prégardien.

Diego Fasolis conducts the authentic instrument forces of I Barocchisti and the chorus of RSI Lugano.

Steffani's 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 what we believe to be world premiere recordings of the best of Steffani's 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.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
The choir of Radiotelevisione Svizzera is disciplined in the concise yet impressive eight-part Beatus vir and short antiphon Triduanas a Domino.

Financial Times
La Bartoli sings as enthrallingly as ever, and with this new CD reasserts her place as No.1 in the international diva firmament.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
There is the Stabat Mater Dolorosa. It was apparently Steffani's last composition - giving it a valedictory cachet of the kind that klings to the relentlessly popular Pergolesi setting of the text. He considered it his masterpiece. It is scored for six voices with sixpart strings and continuo. It has been warmly praised by commentators. The sacred program is promoted mainly for the Stabat Mater. It is unquestionably a beautiful, moving work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-).



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>Steffani, Agostino : Stabat Mater, for 6 voices & organ
  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Beatus vir, for 3 voices, 2 violins & organ
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Non plus me ligate, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Triduanas a domino, for double chorus
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Laudate Pueri, psalm for 9 voices & continuo
  • Performers: Daniel Behle (Tenor); Julian Prégardien (Tenor); Salvo Vitale (Bass); Franco Fagioli (Countertenor); Núria Rial (Voice); Yetzabel Fernandez (Voice)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 11/1673

>Steffani, Agostino : Sperate in Deo, for 5 voices & organ
  • Performers: Salvo Vitale (Bass); Elena Carzaniga (Voice); Núria Rial (Voice); Yetzabel Fernandez (Voice); Julian Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Steffani, Agostino : Qui diligit Mariam, for 5 voices
  • Performers: Franco Fagioli (Countertenor); Salvo Vitale (Bass); Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Radiotelevision svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland (2013-01-??&2013-02-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque