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STEFFANI

NIOBE REGINA DI TEBE
Releasedatum: 9-01-2015
Herkomst: NL
Item-nr: 3332078
EAN: 0825646343546
Levertijd: 6 a 10 werkdagen

Recensie



Hoe is het mogelijk dat deze opera na de eerste uitvoeringen in 1688 meer dan drie eeuwen stof heeft vergaard? De opera die Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) baseerde op Ovidius’ Metamorfosen heeft niet alleen een zeer dramatische plot vol onverwachte wendingen, waarin Niobe voor haar hoogmoed door de goden op gruwelijke wijze gestraft wordt, maar kent bovenal de ene prachtaria na de andere, bruisende muziek en een prachtige orkestratie. Deze opname laat het allemaal horen, met topsolisten waaronder countertenor Philippe Jaroussky en het uitmuntende orkest van het Boston Early Music Festival. De ontdekking van de maand.


Steffani: Niobe Regina di Tebe


Karina Gauvin (Niobe), Philippe Jaroussky (Anfione), Amanda Forsythe (Manto), Aaron Sheehan (Clearte), Terry Wey (Creonte), Jesse Blumberg (Poliferno), Colin Balzer (Tiberino) & José Lemos (Nerea)

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs (musical directors)

Agostino Steffani’s sumptuous 1688 opera Niobe, Regina di Tebe has proved a revelation to audiences since its first modern production in 2008. The spellbinding French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who appeared in its US premiere at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2011, stars in this new recording, with Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin in the title role of the proud, but tragic Theban queen.

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” – and soprano Karina Gauvin, the two stars of this new recording, made in Autumn 2013 in collaboration with the Boston Early Music Festival and Radio Bremen.

Jaroussky, taking the role of King Anfione of Thebes, appeared in the first US performances of Niobe in Boston in 2011, prompting the New York Times to say that: “[in a] finely balanced cast ... the clear standout was the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who sang powerfully and sweetly and created a nuanced portrayal.” As the Boston Globe observed later in the year, “His voice combines a limpid purity of timbre, a weightless agility, and an elegant control of nuance that allows him to shade a single phrase with a multitude of colors.”

When Niobe, first seen in 1688, was staged at London’s Royal Opera House in 2010, The Independent enticingly summarised the work and its appeal: “Lust, ambition and grief are expressed extravagantly yet succinctly ... The arias are brilliant and abundant, propelled by athletic ground basses, interrupted by prowling kettle-drums, or sinuously laced with viola da gamba ... Composer, diplomat and theologian, Steffani knew how to tickle the interest of his audience, spiking Niobe's maternal hubris with adultery, magic spells, political intrigue, romantic sub-plots and the stock sardonic nurse who is there to comment on human folly. The opera was premiered in Munich's carnival season, and it shows. So do the diverse musical influences in Steffani's life: the stile antico training of his boyhood, an early baptism in Venetian opera, and a pivotal journey to Lully's Paris.”

Based on the Metamorphoses of Ovid, the opera offers a dramatic and tragic climax: punishing Queen Niobe for her disrespectful display of pride, the gods kill her 14 children. Such is her grief that she turns to stone, while her husband, King Anfione kills himself. As Opera Today wrote after Jaroussky’s performance in Boston in 2011: “Jaroussky sang all this movingly in his pure countertenor, none the less exciting for his prevailing calm. His style of ornament hewed scrupulously to the earlier, French style rather than the rapid divisions he performs in Handel’s operas, lingering to express ‘tormenti’, weeping his ‘pianti’, and at last (having stabbed himself) dying on a delicious fading melisma.”

“What I like about my character, Anfione, is that he is a King who would like to give up his power and just compose music,” explains Jaroussky. “He’s a little bit like Orfeo. In the middle of the opera, just by singing he magically builds new walls to defend his city ... His music is particularly beautiful. Niobe is a huge, challenging work, and it has me singing through my entire range. It’s in a very special style: very virtuosic and very touching. Steffani was a very original composer who helped to advance the style between the periods of Monteverdi and Handel. Sometimes his music sounds like Cavalli, sometimes like the young Handel – it’s very inspiring.”

In addition to Karina Gauvin – especially celebrated in Handel and praised by The Sunday Times for “her glinting soprano, bright-edged yet deliciously rounded and sensual ... used with rare understanding for character” – the cast includes the American soprano Amanda Forsythe as the young priestess Manto (she in fact sang the role of Niobe in Boston in 2011) and the Swiss tenor Terry Wey as the Thessalonian prince Creonte. Sharing the musical direction are Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, co-directors of the Boston Early Music Festival. “Our discovery of this unknown masterpiece has been very exciting,” says O’Dette. “Niobe is an extraordinary piece – with breathtaking music and intense drama.”
Recensent : Redactie
Datum : 18-01-2015
verschenen in Platomania : 314

Tracks

    Disc 1
  1. Sinfonia
  2. Venga Clearte
  3. Sollievo Del Mio Seno
  4. Ecco À Piè Di Chi Impera
  5. Miratemi Begl'occhi
  6. Splendetemi D'intorno
  7. E Felice Il Tuo Cor
  8. Che Sento?
  9. Quasi Tutte
  10. Rio Destin Che Pretendi
  11. Son Amante, E Sempre Peno
  12. Della Famosa Tebe
  13. Alba Essulti, E Il Lazio Goda
  14. Suon Di Lontana Caccia
  15. Ritornello
  16. Oh Valor; Oh Virtute
  17. Se La Vita À Me Donasti
  18. Figlia Ove Sei
  19. Amor T'attese Al Varco
  20. Svelò Fatal La Piaga
  21. Tu Non Sai Che Sia Diletto
  22. Oh D'amor Troppo Ignaro
  23. Vuoi Ch'io Parli, Parlerò
  24. Ritornello
  25. Dormi Creonte, E In Tanto
  26. Dove Sciolti À Volo I Vanni
  27. Sù, Per Goder Ben Tosto
  28. Nuovo Soglio, E Nuova Bella
  29. Dell'alma Stance
  30. Sfere Amiche
  31. Anfion Mio Desio
  32. Vorrei Sempre Vagheggiarti
  33. Eccola
  34. E Tu Qual Gelo, Ã’ Sasso
  35. C'hò Da Morir Tacendo
  36. Forsennato Vaneggia
  37. Che Agli Assalti Degli Amanti
  38. Ecco Tebe
  39. Anderei Fin Nell'inferno
  40. Oh Di Lico Infelice
  41. Fiera Aletto
  42. Popoli O Voi, Ch'un Tempo
  43. Come Padre, E Come Dio
  44. Mà Che Miro?
  45. Assistetemi
  46. Niobe Ove Giungi
  47. O D'insano Ardimento
  48. Mia Fiamma, Mio Ardore
  49. Disc 3
  50. Ritornello
  51. De Tebani Pastori
  52. Non Mi Far Pianger Sempre
  53. Ratto Sen Và
  54. Hò Troppo Parlato
  55. Mi Commove À Pietade
  56. Ci Sei Colto Mio Cor
  57. Oh Che Dolci Concetti
  58. Questi Giovani Moderni
  59. Ballo De' Pastori: Rondeau - Menuett - Sarabande - Rigaudon 1 - Rigaudon 2
  60. Sinfonia
  61. Delle Celesti Soglie
  62. Amami, E Vederai
  63. Mà Da Qual Nube Interna
  64. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "fuggi Creonte" (Poliferno, Creonte)
  65. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "luci Belle" (Creonte)
  66. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "qui, Dove Muto, E Solo" (Anfione, Niobe)
  67. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "contro Il Ciel" (Niobe)
  68. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "nell'egeo Tempestoso" (Anfione)
  69. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "h Perduta La Speranza" (Anfione)
  70. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: Entr,e
  71. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "con Eterni Legami" (Tiresia, Tiberino, Manto)
  72. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "hor Ch's Mio Quel Vago Labro" (Tiberino)
  73. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "foste Al Fine Pietosi" (Manto, Niobe)
  74. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "chiudetevi Miei Lumi" (Manto)
  75. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "mi Si Toglia Da Gli Occhi" (Niobe, Manto)
  76. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "senza Indugio" (Niobe, Clearte)
  77. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "vinti Sono I Celesti" (Niobe)
  78. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "in Mezzo Al Armi" (Niobe)
  79. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "affs Ch's Un Brutto Intrico" (Nerea)
  80. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "che Alla Fs Di Donne Amanti" (Nerea)
  81. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: Entr,e
  82. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "tutta Gioia, E Tutta Riso" - Accompagnato: "ma Lasso" (Clearte)
  83. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "fin Dove M'inseguite" (Anfione) - "fermati" (Niobe, Anfione)
  84. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "spira Gi_ Nel Proprio Sangue" (Anfione, Niobe)
  85. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "inopportuno Arrivo" (Niobe)
  86. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "funeste Imagini" (Niobe)
  87. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: Marcia Di Creonte
  88. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "doma S Gi_ Tebe" (Creonte, Poliferno, Tiberino, Manto, Tiresia)
  89. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "hor Voi Felici Amanti" (Creonte, Tiberino, Manto, Nerea)
  90. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: "di Palme, E D'allori" (Creonte)
  91. Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, Act 3: Ballo Di Soldati Festeggianti: Chaconne
    Disc 2
  1. Tu Con Lingua Si Sciolta - Numi Datemi Aita
  2. Di Strali, E Fulmini
  3. Discaccia Il Duolo
  4. Nel Mio Seno À Poco À Poco
  5. Oh Stravaganza
  6. Quanto Sospirerai
  7. Ballo Deo Cacciatori: Rigaudons & Gigue
  8. Sinfonia - Ritornate À Gli Abissi
  9. Del Mio Ben Occhi Adorai
  10. Il Gran Portento Amici
  11. Voglio Servir Fedel
  12. Vien Al Fine La Bella
  13. Qui La Dea Cieca Volante
  14. Giunge Il Rè
  15. Ascendo Alle Stelle
  16. Con Fronti Humiliate
  17. Ballo: Entrée - Rondeau
  18. Numi Tartarei
  19. Ove Son? Chi M'aita?
  20. Dal Mio Petto O Pianti Uscite
  21. Confuse Potenze
  22. Ove Quasi Furente
  23. Fuggirò Questo Cielo
  24. Il Tuo Sguardo O Bella Mia
  25. Odi Come Diverso
  26. Tu Ci Pensasti Poco
  27. Chi Sei, Dove Mi Guidi?
  28. Stringo Al Seno Un Nume Amante
  29. Mira: Già Il Dio Guerriero
  30. Lascio L'armi, E Cedo Il Campo
  31. Agevolò L'impresa
  32. T'abbraccio Mia Diva
  33. Gioite, Godete
  34. Tù Mi Laceri Il Core
  35. De Numi La Legge
  36. Et Ancor Neghittosi
  37. Trà Bellici Carmi

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