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Steffani: Niobe Regina Di Tebe / Hengelbrock, Davies, Gens, Miles, Galou

Steffani / Balthasar Neumann Ensemble
Release Date: 03/31/2015 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 9008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Lothar OdiniusIestyn DaviesVéronique GensDelphine Galou,   ... 
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A world-famous court composer during his lifetime, Agostino Steffani was also a significant influence on the likes of Handel, J.S. Bach and Telemann, but his music fell into neglect after his death. Thanks to conductor and Baroque specialist Thomas Hengelbrock, Steffani’s musically rich and emotionally intense fifth opera Niobe, regina di Tebe was revived in 2008, and is heard here in The Royal Opera’s acclaimed 2010 production. With a ‘delectable’ and ‘seductive’ performance from Véronique Gens as the proud queen who is punished for defying the gods, supported by male soprano Jacek Laszczkowski, who ‘thrills with his astonishing power at the top of the voice … [giving] an exciting approximation of what the castrato could do’ Read more (Independent), this recording does full justice to Steffani’s forgotten masterpiece. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Niobe, regina di Tebe by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Lothar Odinius (Tenor), Iestyn Davies (Countertenor), Véronique Gens (Soprano),
Delphine Galou (Alto), Timothy Mead (Countertenor), Jacek Laszezkowski (Soprano),
Amanda Forsyth (Soprano), Alastair Miles (Bass)
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688 

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