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Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

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Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 694 Mb | Total time: 65:31+55:42+41:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 309 1566-2 | Recorded: 2008

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) was the most important composer ever to be appointed by the Duchy of Hannover. At the end of the 17th century this noble family embarked on a cultural offensive with the objective of having Duke Ernst August become a prince elector. To this end, the Welph dynasty obtained the services of Steffani, a master choice in itself as his works are still performed to this day in the majestic gardens of Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband, the current Ernst August of Hannover.

Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Christian Bach: Endimione (1999)

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Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Christian Bach: Endimione (1999)

Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Christian Bach: Endimione (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 499 Mb | Total time: 61:34+44:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 05472 77525 2 | Recorded: 1999

A beguiling rarity. Johann Sebastian’s youngest and most cosmopolitan son composed this serenata in London in 1772. The plot revolves around the triangular relationship between Diana, her nymph Nice and Endymion, slyly manipulated by Cupid and culminating in the obligatory paean to love. In the booklet, Bruno Weil dubs Endimione ‘one of the first operettas’; but though there are touches of cruel humour, usually at Nice’s expense, the musical idiom and structure, based on a sequence of elaborate arias, are essentially those of opera seria. Bach’s suave, mellifluous style often sounds like Mozart minus the master’s dynamic impulse and control of long-range tensions.