The inspired conductor of Mission directs two upcoming releases, Cecilia Bartoli’s exploration of the music of Steffani continues.


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STEFFANI, AGOSTINO Stabat Mater. Cecilia Bartoli, Daniel Behle, Franco Fagioli, Julian Pregardien, Salvo Vitale, I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis. DeccaSTEFFANI, AGOSTINO Stabat Mater. Cecilia Bartoli, Daniel Behle, Franco Fagioli, Julian Pregardien, Salvo Vitale, I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis. DeccaView or buy


Cecilia Bartoli’s exploration of the music of Steffani continues on from her best-selling recording ‘Mission’ with an album of the celebrated Stabat Mater alongside Steffani’s greatest sacred works for chorus, orchestra and soloists, constituting the most comprehensive collection of Steffani’s sacred choral music on CD.

Bartoli leads an array of internationally celebrated singers including countertenor Franco Fagioli, the bass Salvo Vitale and the two young German tenors Daniel Behle and Julian Prégardien.
Diego Fasolis conducts the authentic instrument forces of I Barocchisti and the chorus of RSI Lugano

Steffani’s Stabat Mater is his masterpiece, completed shortly before he died in 1728. It has been described as the most powerful expression of his religious fervour and, at almost half an hour, the largest-scale, most complex and heartfelt of his compositions outside his operas. The opening solo “Stabat Mater dolorosa” featured on the ‘Mission’ DVD.

The album is completed by six world premiere recordings of the best of Steffani’s remaining sacred music, including Sperate in Deo and Laudate Pueri. These are scored for orchestra, chorus and soloists featuring two young baroque-specialist sopranos Nuria Rial and Yetzabel Arias Fernandez alongside Behle, Pregardien and Vitale.

Also amongst these world premieres is Non plus me Ligate, a seven-minute solo motet for Cecilia Bartoli.

“La Bartoli sings as enthrallingly as ever, and with this new CD reasserts her place as No.1 in the international diva firmament.” – Financial Times Germany on Mission


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STEFFANI, AGOSTINO Dances & Overtures. I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis. DeccaSTEFFANI, AGOSTINO Dances & Overtures. I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis. DeccaView or buy


The inspired conductor of Mission directs an album of music from Steffani’s operas as a companion release to Cecilia Bartoli’s Stabat Mater.

Mission created great interest in the music of little-known Italian composer Agostino Steffani (1654–1728). Fasolis’s conducting thrust him into the spotlight as one of the most dynamic baroque interpreters working today.

The variety of styles in Steffani’s music continues to surprise. With 43 great tracks of enchanting early-baroque music this collection is set to be another revelation.

In his time, Steffani was universally admired for his opera music, and much of the appeal of the works lies in the beauty of his orchestration. The disc opens with seven pieces from his celebrated Orlando and goes on to offer a sparkling array of preludes, gavottes, gigues, airs and much more besides from a wide range of his operatic work.

Diego Fasolis draws sparkling performances from period specialists I Barocchisti in music of a composer whose rediscovery is one of the great finds of our time.

“Superbly conducted by Diego Fasolis, these artists make the best case imaginable for Steffani’s music . . . Color and texture reign supreme, with instrumental combinations chosen to highlight the overtones in Bartoli’s voice . . . Given the quality of Steffani’s music, Bartoli’s project might best be regarded as “Mission Triumphant.” – San Francisco Classical Voice on Mission