03 December 2012

Cecilia Bartoli: Mission

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Date CD: September 24, 2012 | Decca | 80:26

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One of Italy’s greatest composers between Monteverdi and Vivaldi, Agostino Steffani (1654–1728), is the unsung master of early Baroque opera. As an Italian who spent most of his life in Germany, he has been largely ignored by musicologists from both countries, so his music has fallen between the cracks of history. Yet his contribution to the development of opera can be compared to that of Lully in France or Purcell in England, and his fluent synthesis of the then-rival Italian, German and French styles paved the way for the cosmopolitan new musical language of Handel, Bach and Telemann.
But besides being a busy composer and court musician, Steffani was many other things as well: a high-ranking cleric, jet-setting diplomat, art collector, linguist, dynastic matchmaker, international peacemaker and probably spy. Personally involved in many of the major political upheavals and scandals of his day – often pointedly reflecting them in the plots of his operas.
Autumn 2012 marks the release of Mission, a sensational new album from the world’s best-selling classical artist, Cecilia Bartoli, and a project with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart.
The album showcases the music of a little-known Italian composer and will include solo arias of various moods and styles, several duets, solo numbers with chorus – all sung in Italian – and instrumental interludes that create an organic transition from one piece to the next and an arc that reaches from the beginning to the end of the album.
Among the distinguished names appearing on Mission is star French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky who features in a first-time collaboration with Cecilia on a selection of duets, alongside the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, the period orchestra I Barocchisti from Lugano, Switzerland, and conductor Diego Fasolis.
A cinematographic vision of the album directed by Olivier Simonnet and filmed in the historic Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) and in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles will be available on DVD later in the year.


Works by Agostino Steffani:

1 Schiere invitte, non tardate (Alarico)
da Alarico il Baltha, cioè L’audace re de’ Gothi

2 Ogni core può sperar* (Tanaquil)
da Servio Tullio

3 Ove son? Chi m’aita? In mezzo all’ombre … Dal mio petto* (Anfione)
da Niobe, regina di Tebe

4 Più non v’ascondo (Rotrude)
da Tassilone

5 Amami, e vederai* (Niobe)
da Niobe, regina di Tebe
with Rosario Conte lute

6 T’abbraccio, mia Diva … Ti stringo, mio Nume* (Creonte, Niobe)
da Niobe, regina di Tebe
with Philippe Jaroussky

7 Mie fide schiere, all’armi!* (Iarba, Ufficiali di Iarba)
da I trionfi del fato
Suoni, tuoni, il suolo scuota* (Erta)
da Arminio

8 Sposa, mancar mi sento … Deh non far colle tue lagrime* (Tassilone)
da Tassilone

9 Non prendo consiglio* (Ermolao)
da La superbia d’Alessandro

10 Sì, sì, riposa, o caro … Palpitanti sfere belle* (Sabina)
da Alarico il Baltha

11 Notte amica al cieco Dio* (Alcibiade)
da La libertà contenta

12 Combatton quest’alma* (Enea, Lavinia)
da I trionfi del fato
with Philippe Jaroussky

13 A facile vittoria (Sigardo)
da Tassilone

14 Tra le guerre e le vittorie* (Alessandro, Coro)
da La superbia d’Alessandro

15 Foschi crepuscoli* (Aspasia)
da La libertà contenta

16 Dell’alma stanca a raddolcir le tempre … Sfere amiche, or date al labbro* (Anfione)
da Niobe, regina di Tebe

17 La cerasta più terribile (Alcide)
da La lotta d’Hercole con Acheloo

18 Serena, o mio bel sole … Mia fiamma … Mio ardore* (Anfione, Niobe)
da Niobe, regina di Tebe
with Philippe Jaroussky

19 Dal tuo labbro amor m’invita* (Tassilone)
da Tassilone

20 Deh stancati, o sorte* (Aspasia)
da La libertà contenta

21 Svenati, struggiti, combatti, suda* (Alcibiade)
da La libertà contenta

22 Padre, s’è colpa in lui* (Rotrude)
da Tassilone

23 Timori, ruine* (Atalanta, Meleagro, Coro)
da Le rivali concordi
with Philippe Jaroussky

24 Morirò fra strazi e scempi (Henrico)
da Henrico Leone

25 Non si parli che di fede* (Coro)
da Marco Aurelio

*World premiere recording on CD  

Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
I Barocchisti
Diego Fasolis, conductor


Anonymous said...

Many, Many Thanks for this great Bartoli CD

Vienna Woods said...

Wow! What a treat. Thank you so much

robthewood said...

Merci Toutatis.... super !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

the link is dead! could you reload it, please. Many thanks!

Vivelo said...

Thanks a lot for all wondeful posts. This one is off, but I'm so happy and grateful, I got all the others, also nice. I learn a lot about music here, thanks to your job!

hurlebaus said...

Link dead; please repost!

hurlebaus said...

Link dead; please repost!

Anonymous said...

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zinest said...

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Mellowdawg said...

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Anonymous said...

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arion71 said...

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theblueamos said...

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theblueamos said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Original poster and those who have downloaded it.

Im just to late, yesterday i asw the link and i started to DL it but i saw it took long time so i waited untill today to DL it.

But link is dead.

Anyone being able to repost it?
For me and a friend.

Thanx and BYE.
I will read here every day

Anonymous said...

Hi there!

Because I was among the lucky ones who were able to download our dear blogger gift, I can offer you a new link which is available for the next 7 days (hopefully!):

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Anonymous said...


thanx a lot to the uploader of thew above link!
Im the one who posted above his post ;)

Downloading now, huge thanx.
And ofcourse we will buy it after we heard it for 5 times and still like it.

I already have the booklet zip (i stopped DL the cd because had no time then to DL for 80 minutes).

I will put it on usb and give it to colleague, he is away now for a few days haha, and probably link is dead when he comes back.

Thanx a lot for reuploading,


Anonymous said...

PS: For me and a colleague. And downloadspeed is 500MB which is very fast nowadays ;)


Toutatis said...

The booklet:
The disc:

Eliezer Coimbra Mattos said...

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Eliezer Coimbra Mattos said...

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Cineparamusicos said...

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Toutatis said...

Four are not enough?