O barbaro Amore / Vinikour

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Trained as a singer, Agostino Steffani was an impeccable composer for the voice. His ingratiating melodies, held by sure-footed harmony, subtly convey every nuance of the words that he set. In his chamber duets these qualities are enhanced by a richness of vocal textures ranging from parallel motion to intricate counterpoint. Like the trio sonatas of Corelli (their instrumental counterparts), the duets of Steffani were the pinnacle of their genre, providing models for Handel and others. That the magnificent examples on this release are presented as a story demonstrates that they approach the subject of love from an ingenious variety of angles. Leading vocalists present these works, all experts in the dramatic Italian baroque vocal style, and noted harpsichordist Jory Vinikour provides musical direction for the project.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: MO0711

  • UPC: 801890071121

  • Label: Musica Omnia