Cecilia Bartoli is a world-renowned mezzo-soprano who’s also a big champion of musical archaeology, digging through and rediscovering forgotten Baroque opera, as evidenced by her 2009 compilation CD Sacrificium, covering music for castrati by a range of more obscure composers.
Her latest release, Mission, covers the music of one composer, Agostino Steffani, and wraps the package up in a deeper investigation of the man behind the music, investigating his roles as an ecclesiastic and diplomat. In fact, the CD is being released with a book exploring this history and even inspired a mystery novel to be released concurrently! Bartoli obviously inspires a lot of confidence in the music industry…[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDtxRzosEpw&w=350&h=300]
(You can see how they’re pushing the history in this trailer for the CD.)