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Home » Italian Composers » Steffani

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728)

Performances

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Munich 1688). Boston Early Music Festival, 2011, Boston & Great Barrington. Radio broadcast available online. Program notes & libretto (pdf). Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors. Gilbert Blin, Stage Director & Set Designer. Caroline Copeland & Carlos Fittante, choreographers. Anna Watkins, Costume Designer. Niobe: Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Anfione: Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Manto: Yulia Van Doren, soprano; Tiresia: Charles Robert Stephens, baritone; Clearte: Kevin D. Skelton, tenor; Creonte: Matthew White, countertenor; Poliferno: Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Tiberino: Colin Balzer, tenor; Nerea: José Lemos, countertenor. Historically-inspired staging and ballet. Excellent use of the Internet by the BEMF: Overview. Synopsis. Video preview. Italian/English libretto (pdf). Sketches of costume designs and set models. Inside Look.
Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Munich 1688). Thomas Hengelbrock, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble. Schwetzinger Festspiele, April-May 2008; Lisbon Opera São Carlo, March 2010; Royal Opera House, London, 23-29 September -  1, 3 October 2010; Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, 3, 5 November 2010. A modern staging of the sort presented frequently in opera houses throughout the world.

Recordings

Steffani. Lagrime Dolorose - Secular Cantatas. Brilliant Classics 94299 (1 CD, November 2013). Details. Fabio Ciofini, Accademia Hermans. Martha Mathéu, soprano; Aurelio Schiavoni, countertenor; Mauro Borgioni, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Steffani. Stabat Mater. Decca 0289 478 5336 7(1 CD, September 2013). Diego Fasolis, I Barrochisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera. Details. Núria Rial, soprano; Yetzabel Árias Fernández, soprano; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano; Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Julian Prégardien, tenor; Daniel Behle, tenor; Salvo Vitale, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
The Steffani Project. Decca (3 CDs, November 2013). Reissue of the Decca recordings Mission, Stabat Mater and Danze & Ouvertures. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Steffani. Danze e Ouvertures. Decca (1 CD, September 2013). Diego Fasolis, I Barrochisti. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Steffani. Mission - Opera arias & duets. Decca 4784721 (1 CD, September 2012). Details / Track Listing. Cecilia Bartoli, soprano; Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor. Diego Fasolis, I Barrochisti. Edition 1: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Edition 2: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Lotti, Steffani, D. Scarlatti, Mancini, A.M. Bononcini. Italian Love Cantatas. cpo 777 583-2 (1 CD, January 2012). Silvia Vajente, Epoca Barocca. The cover lists "Agostino" as one of the composers, which must be garbled reference to Agostino Steffani. The cantata by Steffani on this recording is "Spezza, Amor, l'arco". US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Munich 1688). Virgin/EMI, recording in November 2013. forthcoming Winter 2015. Boston Early Music Festival. Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Artistic Directors. Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Karina Gauvin, soprano; Amanda Forsythe, soprano.
Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Munich 1688). Thomas Hengelbrock, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble. The latest news is that a recording may not be released in the foreseeable future. MP3 recordings of a 2010 radio broadcast are available online.
Handel, Dixit Dominus. Steffani, Stabat Mater. Coro COR 16076 (1 CD, September 2009). Harry Christophers, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Steffani, Caldara, Vivaldi, Porpora, Mancini. Amor hai vinto - Cantatas. Gramola 98856 (1 CD, August 2009). Details. Concertino Amarilli. Marelize Gerber, soprano. Steffani, Spezza amor; Caldara, Sinfonia for Violoncello; Vivaldi, Amor hai vinto; Porpora, D'amore il primo dardo; Mancini, Quanto dolce è quell'ardore. US | UK | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Orlando Generoso (Hanover 1691). MDG 309 1566-2 (3 CDs, June 2009). Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa. Orlando: Kai Wessel, countertenor; Angelica: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Bradamante: Susanne Rydén, soprano; Medoro: Jörg Waschinski, sopranist; Ruggerio: Franz Vitzhum, countertenor; Galafro: Daniel Lager, countertenor; Atlante: Wolf Matthias Friedrich, baritone. There is no translation of the libretto. The translator's fee was spent on a glossy color photo of the idiotic modern production. This is a dreary performance ruined by HUP organ continuo throughout which makes it sound like German funeral music. There is an excellent article by Donald Burrows on continuo instruments in Handel oratorios in the new Handel Studies book dedicated to Howard Serwer, in which he has pulled together a variety of sources, including a unique organ part for Alexander's Feast, to demonstrate that the organ was used much less frequently than in typical current oratorio performances, and often for bass line only without chords. He also notes that while Handel's operas and oratorios were performed in the same opera house for 9 years, the organ was used only in the oratorios US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Alarico il Baltha, cioè l'Audace, Rè de Gothi (Munich 1687). Concerto 2039 (3 CDs, April 2009, originally released by Centaurus Music (2006)). Details. Dieci Sara, Scarlatti Camera Ensemble. Alarico: Stefania Maiardi, mezzo-soprano; Sabina: Maria Carla Curia, soprano; Honorio: Lee Ji-Young, mezzo-soprano; Pisone: Luca Casagrande, baritone; Semiamira: Loretta Liberato, contralto; Placidia: Won Mi-Jung Capilupi, soprano; Stilicone: Guerino Pelaccia, tenor; Lidoro: Marco Democratico, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. Sonate da Camera. Concerto 2038-2 (2 CDs, February 2009). Isidoro Taccagni, Quartetto Erasmus. Steffani's own collection of instrumental movements from his operas. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. Laudate Pueri. Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-1693), Missa Nigra & excerpts from Delectus Sacrarum Cantionum. Oehms Classics 358 (1 CD 2006). Details. Gerd Guglhör, Neue Hofkapelle München. Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Constanze Backes, soprano; Alan Dornak, countertenor; Robert Sellier, tenor; Hermann Oswald, tenor; Thomas Hamberger, bass-baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. Musica Sacra. ORF CD 412 (1 CD 2005). Details. Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München. Ulrike Hofbauer & Siri Thornhill, sopranos; Henning Voss, countertenor; Stefanie Iranyi, contralto; Henning Kaiser & Christian Sturm, tenors; Domnik Wörner & Wilhelm Schwinghammer, bass. Contents: Dixit Dominus a 10, Beatus Vir, In convertento Dominus, Lauda Jerusalem, Sperate in Deo, Magnificat a 8, Stabat Mater. DE
Agostino Steffani. Scherzi Musicali - 6 Cantatas. Hungaroton HCD 32078 (1 CD 2003). Details. János Malina, Affetti Musicali. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. Stabat Mater, Mottetti, Suite dall' Henrico Leone. Amadeus AMM 155-2 (1 CD 2002). Details. René Clemencic, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radio Svizzera. Anna Simboli, soprano; Laura Antonaz, soprano; Giuseppe Maletto, tenor; Gerhard Nennemann, tenor. US
Agostino Steffani. Cantatas, Duets & Sonatas. Pan Classics PC 10131 (1 CD 2000, reissued in 2009). Details. Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicae. Monique Zanetti, soprano; Pascal Bertin, countertenor. Porto l'alma incenerita; Inquieto mio cor; Fileno, idolo mio; Il più felice e sfortunato amante; Crudo Amor, morir mi sento. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. Suites Theatrales. Divox CDX-79811 (1 CD 2000). Details. Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca. Music from Henrico Leone; I Trifoni del Fato; Niobe, Regina di Tebe; & Amor vien dal Destino. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. Duetti da Camera. Glossa GCD 2K0902 (1 CD 1994, reissued in 2001). Liner notes (pdf). Attilio Cremonesi, Arcadia. Rossana Bertini, soprano; Claudio Cavina, countertenor. Begl'occhi, oh dio, non più; Porto l'alma incenerita; Dimmi, dimmi, Cupido; Occhi, perchè piangete?; Crudo Amor, morir mi sento; Sol negl'occhi del mio bene; Placidissime catene. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reissued on GCD C80902 (2010). UK | FR | DE
Agostino Steffani. Stabat Mater. Biber. Requiem. dhm 05472 77344 2 (1 CD 1995). Gustav Leonhardt, Koor & Barokorkest Van de Nederlandse Bachvereniging. Marta Almajano & Mieke van der Sluis, sopranos; John Elwes & Mark Padmore, tenors; Frans Huits, baritone; Harry van der Kamp, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
reissued on dhm Splendeurs 0828766014921 (2004). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani & Alessandro Stradella. Cantate Sacre e Profane. Bongiovanni GB 2123-2 (1 CD 1995). Estavan Veladri, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Silvia Piccollo, soprano; Marco Lazzara, countertenor; Giovanni Dagnino, bass; Marco Perrella, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. La Lotta d'Ercole con Acheloo (Divertissement dramatique, 1689). BNL 112823 (1 CD 1993). Yves Krier, Barockensemble de l'Ouest. Ercole: Chantal Lochak, soprano; Deianira: Anne Finet, soprano; Acheloo: Agnes Broseet, contralto; Eneo: Pierre Mervant, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Additional listing: FR
Agostino Steffani. Enrico Leone (1699). Calig 30 855 (1 LP 1986), reissued on 50 855 (1 CD 1995). Lajos Rovatkay, Capella Agostino Steffani, Grosser Opernquerschnitt. Metilda: Monika Frimmer, soprano; Enrico: Ralf Popken, countertenor; ; Idalba: Sabine Szameit, soprano;  Errea: Nagashima Yoko, contralto; Eurillo: Carola Guber, contralto; Almaro: Dantes Diwiak, tenor; Ircano / Demone: Gerhard Faulstich, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Agostino Steffani. Duetti da Camera. DG-Archiv 2534 008 (1 LP 1982), reissued on DG-Archiv Collectio Argentea 437 083-2 (1 CD 1993). Alan Curtis, harpsichord; Wouter Möller, cello. Daniela Mazzucato, soprano; Carolyn Watkinson, mezzo-soprano; Paul Esswood, countertenor; John Elwes, tenor. Tu m'aspettasti al mare; M'hai da piangere un di; Io voglio provar; Placidissime catene (the only overlap with the Glossa CD); Già tu parti; E perché non m'uccidete; No, no, no, non voglio se devo amare; Libertà! Libertà!. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Books

Colin Timms. Polymath of the Baroque: The Life and Music of Agostino Steffani. Oxford University Press, 2003. 464 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Links

L'opéra baroque - Agostino Steffani

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