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Duetti da Camera

Agostino Steffani , Attilio Cremonesi , Arcadia , Rossana Bertini , Claudio Cavina , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Rossana Bertini, Claudio Cavina, Mara Galassi, Dolores Costoyas, Juan Manuel Quintana, et al.
  • Orchestra: Arcadia
  • Conductor: Attilio Cremonesi
  • Composer: Agostino Steffani
  • Audio CD (23 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glossa
  • ASIN: B003PN5UMC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Begl'occhi, Oh Dio, Non Piu Piangete
2. Porto L'alma Incenerita
3. Dimmi, Dimmi Cupido
4. Occhi, Perche Piangete?
5. Crudo Amor, Morir Me Sento
6. Sol Negl'occhi Del Mio Bene
7. Placidissime Catene

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite melodies from a Baroque master 6 Sep 2010
By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
The chamber duets of Agostino Steffani are among the truly exquisite masterpieces of the Baroque era. They epitomise many of the qualities that make Baroque music so appealing to us today: melodic beauty, delicate counterpoint, delicious harmony, emotional drama and sheer expressive power. Modestly scored for two voices and continuo, they were regarded as models of vocal music in their time, by the young Handel among many others.

These performances by soprano Rossana Bertini and countertenor Claudio Cavina are magnificent. Both singers have glorious voices, blending wonderfully, making the most of Steffani's beautiful harmonies, and singing with feeling and insight in perfect Baroque style. In doing so they reach to the very heart of Steffani's subtle and mesmerising music, mostly on texts expressing the interwoven pleasure and pain of unrequited love. If you can, try listening to the opening bars of "Crudo amor" or "Placidissime catene" and you may well find you are hooked before you know it.

These two wonderful singers are accompanied by the four musicians of Arcadia directed by Attilio Cremonesi, all of whom do a superb job. The disc was originally issued by Glossa in 1995, and on that occasion was accompanied by very full booklet notes, including descriptions of each one of the duets, together with the Italian texts and translations in English, French, German and Spanish. It was then reissued in 2002, without the Italian texts which were however made available on the internet. The present reissue fortunately restores the duet texts, albeit without translations; and there are the same useful notes on Steffani's life and work, but without the detailed descriptions of the duets.
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