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Agostino Steffani: Baccanali
By Antonio Greco

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By Antonio Greco, Barbara Massaro, Chiara Manese, Elena Caccamo, Ensemble "Cremona Antiqua", Nicolo Donini, Paola Leoci, Riccardo Angelo Strano, Vittoria Magnarello, and Yasushi Watanabe. By Agostino Steffani. Classical. CD. Dynamic #DYN-CDS7770.02. Published by Dynamic (NX.DYN-CDS7770.02).

Item Number: NX.DYN-CDS7770.02

Agostino Steffani was a musician, as well as an important state and church figure. Active in Munich, Hannover and Dusseldorf, he was highly appreciated also in London, where in 1727 the Academy of Vocal Music would make him honorary president. Baccanali, dating from 1695, is a series of reflections on the sentiments, joys and sorrows of man's life, made by eight characters set in a pastoral context. The Titan Atlas is entrusted with the prologue, which has the purpose of introducing to the events and summarizing their purpose: men should be granted a pause from their sufferings and labors at least during the days consecrated to Bacchus, the soother of all ills. Over witty verses, Steffani weaves a rich score, characterizsed by great writing variety. The young interpreters stand out not only for their beautiful voices but also for their reciting skills. The success of Baccanali must also be ascribed to the baton of Antonio Greco, who expertly leads the Cremona Antiqua Ensemble.

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