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Agostino Steffani

(Castelfranco, July 25, 1655 – Francoforte sul Meno, February 12, 1728)

Chamber Sonatas

Quartetto Erasmus, Isidoro Taccagni (harpsichord)

2 CD STEREO DDD - Durata: 98:14
20 pages booklet, Italian/English

€18,00

COD: 2038/2-e

Descrizione prodotto

One of the rare recordings by the original Quartetto Erasmus

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Tracklist
1 Sonata I – Ouverture de l’Opera d’Orlando 1:58
2 Sonata I – Prélude tres viste 0:34
3 Sonata I – Autre Prélude, presto e staccato 0:37
4 Sonata I – Gavotte 0:44
5 Sonata I – Passepied viste 0:39
6 Sonata I – Chaconne 2:51
7 Sonata I – Menuet 0:51
8 Sonata I – Gigue 1:12
9 Sonata I – Rondeau gay 1:01
10 ASonata I – ir vivace 0:56
11 Sonata I – Gigue 1:17
12 Sonata I – Menuet 0:58
13 Sonata I – Bourrée 0:44
14 Sonata I – Gavotte en Rondeau 1:22
15 Sonata I – Entrée Alternativement avec le Trio suivant 0:45
16 Sonata I – Trio 0:51
17 Sonata I – Entrée (15 ripetuto) 0:39
18 Sonata II – Ouverture de l’Opera Henricus Leo 2:11
19 Sonata II – Air grave 2:04
20 Sonata II – Prélude pour le Demons tres viste 0:30
21 Sonata II – La Retraitte Menuet 1:04
22 Sonata II – Air gay 0:44
23 Sonata II – Entrée 1:08
24 Sonata II – Entrèe Alternativement avec la suivante 1:09
25 Sonata II – Entrée 0:52
26 Sonata II – Entrée (24 ripetuto) 1:12
27 Sonata II – Trio 1:03
28 Sonata II – Rondeau Alternativement avec le Trio suivant 1:16
29 Sonata II – Trio 0:34
30 Sonata II – Rondeau (28 ripetuto) 1:18
31 Sonata II – Menuet 1:12
32 Sonata II – Prélude tres viste 0:19
33 Sonata II – Marche grave 1:18
34 Sonata II – Gavotte 1:00
35 Sonata II – Menuet 1:04
36 Sonata II – Air 1:19
37 Sonata II – Le Demons tres viste 1:28
38 Sonata II – Les Memes 1:21
39 Sonata II – Entrée des Heros Grave 1:37
40 Sonata II – Chaconne 3:32
41 Sonata III – Ouverture de l’Opera d’Alexander 2:02
42 Sonata III – Air tres viste 0:53
43 Sonata III – Menuet 0:48
44 Sonata III – Gavotte 1:08
45 Sonata III – Air tendre 1:14
46 Sonata III – Air viste 1:28
47 Sonata III – Trio Alternativement avec le Menuet suivant 0:35
48 Sonata III – Menuet 0:33
49 Sonata III – Trio (47 ripetuto) 0:40
50 Sonata III – Trio Alternativement avec le Menuet suivant 0:21
51 Sonata III – Menuet 0:22
52 Sonata III – Trio (50 ripetuto) 0:27
CD 2
1 Sonata IV – Ouverture de l’Opera Gli Rivali concordi 1:59
2 Sonata IV – Sarabanda tres lentement 1:15
3 Sonata IV – Gigue 1:14
4 Sonata IV – Trio Alternativement avec le Menuet suivant 0:34
5 Sonata IV – Menuet 0:33
6 Sonata IV – Trio (4 ripetuto) 0:38
7 Sonata IV – Tremblement de terre viste 1:16
8 Sonata IV – Le chasse gay 0:53
9 Sonata IV – Prelude presto 0:27
10 Sonata IV – Gavotte 0:51
11 Sonata IV – Entrée grave 1:33
12 Sonata IV – Marche grave 0:49
13 Sonata IV – La retraitte Trio 0:56
14 Sonata V – Ouverture de l’Opera d’Alcibiades 2:29
15 Sonata V – Gavotte 1:02
16 Sonata V – Passepied en Rondeau 0:57
17 Sonata V – Gigue 1:28
18 Sonata V – Air gay 1:05
19 Sonata V – Entrée grave 1:05
20 Sonata V – Trio Alternativement avec le Menuet suivante 0:37
21 Sonata V – Menuet 0:38
22 Sonata V – Trio (20 ripetuto) 0:43
23 Sonata V – Passepied 0:20
24 Sonata VI – Ouverture de l’Opera Gli Triomphi del Fato 2:03
25 Sonata VI – Air gay 0:54
26 Sonata VI – Gavotte 0:46
27 Sonata VI – Entrée Grave 1:23
28 Sonata VI – Gigue en Rondeau 0:48
29 Sonata VI – Les Ombres Grave 2:15
30 Sonata VI – Menuet 1:25
31 Sonata VI – Trio Alternativement avec le Menuet suivant 0:25
32 Sonata VI – Menuet 0:24
33 Sonata VI – Trio (31 ripetuto) 0:29
34 Sonata VI – Marche grave 0:49
35 Sonata VI – Air vivace 0:51
36 Sonata VI – Menuet 1:24
37 Sonata VI – Sarabande Lentement 1:40
38 Sonata VI – Premier Rigaudon Alternativement avec le suivant 0:41
39 Sonata VI – Second Rigaudon 0:25
40 Sonata VI – Premier Rigaudon (40 ripetuto) 0:25

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The Chamber Sonatas by Agostino Steffani were published in the early 1700s by the Dutch editor, Estienne Roger.
Steffani’s Sonatas are usually classified as “instrumental music” but really there are elements in these pieces that make them blatantly different from that which is currently called “instrumental.” The six suites are in fact taken from overtures, from the refrains, and from the dances of Steffani’s six musical dramas. Each one of the six sonatas bears an opening quote that refers to the six titles author’s theatrical operas: Ouverture de l’Opera d’Orlando (1691), Ouverture de l’Opera Henricus Leo (1689), Ouverture de l’Opera d’Alexander (1690), Ouverture de l’Opera Gli Rivali Concordi (1692), Ouverture de l’Opera d’Alcibiades (1693) and Ouverture de l’Opera Gli Triomphi del Fato (1695). Most of the parts of the Sonatas have been found to be contained in each of the works cited, but some are not, probably because they refer to the music of the dances in Steffani’s six musical dramas, ballets that often were not included in the scores of the operas. Agostino Steffani (1654 – 1728) was the composer who, more than anyone else, was responsible for the diffusion of the musical taste for musical drama and Venetian chamber music throughout Europe and, in particular, in the German speaking countries. He had a considerable influence on Georg Friedrich Händel, who owed him quite a bit both in terms of the music he wrote as well as his career.

Artwork: Gianluca Corona, Ancora tu, 2008, oil on wood

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