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Agostino Steffani: Niobe Regina di Tebe, opera / Jacek Laszczkowski, lestyn Davies, Veronique Gens et al.; Balthasar Neumann Ensemble; Hengelbrock

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  1. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe: Overture (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Venga Clearte! (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: È felice il tuo cor, né sai perché (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Quasi tutte son le brutte (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Alba esulti, e il Lazio goda! (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Se la vita a me donasti (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Tu non sai che sia diletto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Dove sciolti a volo i vanni (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Nuovo soglio, e nuova bella (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Sfere amiche, or date al labbro (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Vorrei sempre vagheggiarti (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Che agli assalti degli amanti (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Ecco Tebe (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Come padre, e come dio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Assistetemi, soccoretemi, Numi del Cielo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Mia fiamma, mio ardore (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Di strali, e fulmini (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Nel mio seno a poco a poco (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Quanto sospirerai (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act I: Ballo dei cacciatori (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Ritornate a gli abissi (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Qui la Dea cieca volante (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Ascendo alle stelle (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Alle prescritte mete (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Numi tartarei (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Dal mio petto, o pianti, uscite (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Confuse potenze (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Il tuo sguardo, o bella mia (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Gioite, godete (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Tra bellici carmi (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act II: Questi giovani moderni (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act III: Delle celesti soglie (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act III: Amami, e vederai (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act III: Luci belle che languite (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act III: Che alla fè di donne amanti (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act III: Tutta gioia, e tutta riso (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act III: Spira già nel proprio sangue (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Steffani — Niobe, regina di Tebe, Act III: Funeste imagini (Live) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Steffani, Agostino : Niobe Regina di Tepe, opera
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
A central performance of extraordinary spirit and plangency from Veronique Gens...Hengelbrock's ensemble boasts a rich and characterful continuo section...The dance music is muscular, the violins incisive, the percussion imaginative, and the humour robust.

A world-famous court composer during his lifetime, Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) exercised a significant influence on the likes of Handel, J.S. Bach and Telemann, his music nevertheless falling into neglect after his death. Thanks to conductor and Baroque specialist Thomas Hengelbrock, Steffani's musically rich and emotionally intense fifth opera Niobe, regina di Tebe, revived in 2008, is heard here in The Royal Opera's acclaimed 2010 production. With a 'delectable' and 'seductive' performance from Véronique Gens as the proud queen punished for defying the gods, supported by male soprano Jacek Laszczkowski, who 'thrills with his astonishing power at the top of the voice ... [giving] an exciting approximation of what the castrato could do' (Independent), this recording ushers Steffani's forgotten masterpiece to the wider public. "Lukas Hemleb's production is tasteful and elegant, and graced with some imaginative coups de théâtre. Thomas Henegelbrock conducts the expert Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, and there is first-class singing from a cast of period stylists... " (The Daily Telegraph)

The Telegraph, 12th April 2015
The general tone is perkily brisk, with interludes of melancholy. The singing leaves nothing to be desired, with the seductively musky VTronique Gens commanding the title role...Perhaps most arresting, however, is the Polish male soprano Jacek Laszczkowski, who, as King Anfione, executes almost grotesque feats of vocal acrobatics.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
The experienced tragedienne Veronique Gens conveys pathos potently in Niobe's shocked reactions to her husband's suicide and her transformation into stone...Miles's Poliferno is thunderously villainous, and his protege Creonte is sung with brilliant characterisation and rock-solid technique by Iestyn Davies...Hengelbrock's awareness of colour and emotion in Steffani's music is second to none.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (09/27/2010/09/29/2010).



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>Steffani, Agostino : Niobe Regina di Tepe, opera
  • Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock
  • Ensemble: Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble
  • Notes: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (09/27/2010/09/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta