8 The 17th cen­tury’s great­est hits

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Be­tween his days as a diplo­mat, a priest and a singer, Agostino St­ef­fani com­posed some of the most cap­ti­vat­ing mu­sic of the 17th cen­tury. To rein­tro­duce his work to a mod­ern au­di­ence, Tafel­musik is tak­ing a “great­est hits” ap­proach: mez­zoso­prano Krisztina Sz­abó is singing arias from sev­eral of his once-pop­u­lar op­eras, and the ever-re­li­able cham­ber choir will per­form “Sta­bat Mater,” the piece that St­ef­fani hailed as his best, which de­scribes Mary’s grief at her Son’s cru­ci­fix­ion.

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