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Jaroussky Steffani Niobe Regina di Tebe

December 24, 2014 | MDT Mail Order

Jaroussky Steffani Niobe Regina di Tebe

Niobe, Regina di Tebe by Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) has proved a revelation to audiences since its rediscovery and its first modern production, staged in 2008 at Germany’s Schwetzingen Festival. Its sumptuous, expressive music has also attracted such virtuoso singers as countertenor Philippe Jaroussky – who describes it as “a beautiful bridge between Monteverdi and Handel” […]

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Paul Lewis Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

December 23, 2014 | MDT Mail Order

Paul Lewis Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

In 1870, the architect, sculptor and painter Viktor Hartmann (born in 1834) was invited by Vladimir Stasov, the most influential Russian art critic of his time, to join the ‘Group of Five’, a St Petersburg-based circle of composers that, in addition to Mussorgsky, included Borodin, Balakirev, Cui, and Rimsky-Korsakov. The members of this ‘Mighty Handful’ […]

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