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This review is from: Steffani: Stabat Mater / Bartoli (Audio CD)
Not for the first time, I come to review a disc and find that Stephen Midgley has already written an excellent, detailed review which says much of want I was going to write. I won't repeat it all, but I will add that I think this is a very fine disc indeed.
Steffani was a very good composer and Cecilia Bartoli's mission to make his music more popular is fully justified. In this fine setting of the Stabat Mater and collection of motets she brings us more fine music, beautifully performed. The orchestra and chorus are excellent, with a perfect judgement of mood and tone and a real suppleness in their response to both the music and to Bartoli's singing. And what singing it is! She is good: really, properly good, with a lovely tone, the technical mastery to make the most difficult virtuosic passages sound utterly natural, and a wonderful, expressive engagement with what she is singing. It's brilliant stuff, and a worthy successor to her excellent Mission disc Mission.
My advice is to read Stephen's excellent review, listen to a couple of samples and snap this up - it's a bit of real class and a very, very enjoyable disc.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2016 10:35:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jul 2016 10:35:53 BDT
A good review, yes, but not the first time Mr Nuncius postdates Mr Midgley; small wonder - the former, a talented music reviewer in his own right, spends most of his time reviewing objects, other than music, sent him for free. It's no doubt his privilege...
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