The Music of Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) Part II: Cecilia Bartoli – Mission – Les musiques d’Agostino Steffani à Versailles – YouTube

I said yesterday of  Agostino Steffani’s music that it was easy to see ‘why his contemporaries held his music in such esteem‘ – his religious music is very beautiful and so is his opera music. Much of his music has been pioneered for modern audiences by Cecilia Bartoli and we’re fortunate that vdzwyer  has published the Arte video production of her singing solo arias and four duets from his operas. The scene is set at Versailles and the singing is as glorious as the surroundings. Bartoli put a lot of effort into researching Steffani’s music – and it shows in her superb technique and profound feeling for the texts she’s singing, much of what she sings has never been recorded before. The accompaniment by I Barocchisti conducted by Diego Fasolis is superb and as for the duets in which she is joined by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, well what can I say other than that ‘my cup runneth over’? It’s a wonderful introduction to this neglected master and his masterpieces and indeed to the entire genre of baroque opera. Enjoy :-)


Video Source: Cecilia Bartoli – Mission – Les musiques d’Agostino Steffani à Versailles – YouTube Published on 5 Mar 2013 by vdzwyer 

Performer Information:

Soloists: Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky ;
Conductor: Diego Fasolis ;
Orchestra: I Barocchisti

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