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Steffani: Duetti Da Camera / Mazzucato, Watkinson, Esswood, Elwes, Curtis


Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 001780502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Alan CurtisJohn ElwesPaul EsswoodCarolyn Watkinson,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The name of Baroque composer Agostino Steffani (1654 – 1728) has been much in the air recently, and we have taken this opportunity to revive an Archiv Produktion classic from the early 1980s. It features four young Early Music soloists led by Alan Curtis, who in more recent years was behind a whole series of well-received recordings of Handel operas on the label.

In a variety of combinations the four soloists – two sopranos and two tenors - present eight charming chamber duets (duetti da camera) by Steffani to the accompaniment of harpsichord and cello. They range from amorous laments to amorous rejoicings, ending with a plea for liberty from love’s bonds.

With its new attractive cover, the CD booklet has a full
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Works on This Recording

1.
E perchè non m'uccidete by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Alan Curtis (Harpsichord), John Elwes (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor),
Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano), Wouter Möller (Cello), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: Italian 
2.
Già tu parti, io che farò by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), John Elwes (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor),
Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano), Wouter Möller (Cello), Alan Curtis (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: Italian 
3.
Io voglio provar by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), Wouter Möller (Cello),
Alan Curtis (Harpsichord), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), John Elwes (Tenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: Italian 
4.
Libertà l'infelice umanità by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), Paul Esswood (Countertenor),
Alan Curtis (Harpsichord), John Elwes (Tenor), Wouter Möller (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: Italian 
5.
M'hai da piangere by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Alan Curtis (Harpsichord), John Elwes (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor),
Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), Wouter Möller (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: Italian 
6.
No, no, no, non voglio se devo amare by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Wouter Möller (Cello),
Alan Curtis (Harpsichord), John Elwes (Tenor), Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; Germany 
Language: Italian 
7.
Placidissime catene by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Alan Curtis (Harpsichord), John Elwes (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor),
Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), Wouter Möller (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1699; Germany 
Language: Italian 
8.
Tu m'aspettasti al mare by Agostino Steffani
Performer:  Wouter Möller (Cello), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Carolyn Watkinson (Mezzo Soprano),
John Elwes (Tenor), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), Alan Curtis (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Duetti Da Camera: Tu m'aspettasti al mare
Duetti Da Camera: M'hai da piangere un dì
Duetti Da Camera: Io voglio provar
Duetti Da Camera: Placidissime catene
Duetti Da Camera: Già tu parti
Duetti Da Camera: E perchè non m'uccidete
Duetti Da Camera: No, no, non voglio se devo amare
Duetti Da Camera: Libertà! Libertà!

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