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Alarico

A. Steffani Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Concerto (Naxos)
  • ASIN: B001U1L9ZI
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Ouverture
2. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Viva la Pace!
3. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Tra le Feste di Roma
4. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Scorso ha due volte il Sole
5. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Ferma ò bella
6. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Di Placidia alle Stanze
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Disc: 2
1. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. Luci belle ben che nere
2. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. Se Stilicon non erra
3. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. In Maschera di Pace
4. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. Al regal Piede Ancella
5. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. Temerari sciogliete così vili Ritorte
6. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. Dove sei cara mia Speme?
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Disc: 3
1. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Vò Scherzando col Tormento
2. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Pison che pensi?
3. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Qui tra Cerere e Bacco
4. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Sire! Che rechi?
5. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Stilicon m'abbandoni
6. Alarico il Baltha, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Gode Roma
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1.0 out of 5 stars Steffani deserves better than this August 12, 2009
Recordings of music by this outstanding and highly original baroque composer have been very thin on the ground, and it is only recently that the situation has begun to improve. In fact this same label also has a recording of Steffani's "Sonate da Camera" and now, in addition to CDs of his glorious chamber duets, there are a couple of complete operas available with, I understand, more on the way.

Unfortunately this present set does not fit the bill at all. Agostino Steffani held prestigious musical posts at various times in his life at the courts of Munich, Hanover and Düsseldorf, and in performing his operas he was able to call on some of the finest singers of his day. As a result his vocal writing can be extremely demanding but, sadly, these demands prove to be well beyond the ability of most of the singers in this recording. Several of them do not sound at all at ease with this music and, what is more, the close, harsh recording does them no favours. Lee Ji-Young (mezzo) and Won Mi-Jung Capilupi (soprano) acquit themselves reasonably well, but the rest of the cast sound anything from mediocre to dreadful, lacking in style or feeling for the music of the period and often just plain out of tune.

The rather complicated plot involves love, lust, intrigue and betrayal, all set against the historical background of the sack of Rome by the Visigoths under their king Alaric I. Steffani's music is suitably dramatic, fascinating and original, and includes some short but effective instrumental movements which are well enough played here by the small chamber group.
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