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An 'Intermezzo' as Introduction
This intermezzo, first presented at Rome in 1749, was revived in a second version at Lucca in 1762. It provides a jolly and tuneful introduction for anyone unfamiliar with Neopolitan opera in its formative years - for Jommelli was a major pioneer and influence, particularly in the accompanied recitative and orchestral development. Without the benefit of notes or score a guess might be made that the version of the intermezzo given here is the Lucca of 1762, as the original Rome presentation preceded the time he spent at the Stuttgart Court where he learnt much from the more highly developed and disciplined orchestral styles already current in Germany.
Intermezzi were developed to be played in the intervals of opera seria, by way of light relief. In their simplest form a comedy for just two singers (eg. the maid-outwitting-master as in Pergolesi's 'La Serva Padrona'); but in the case of 'Don Trustillo' the cast increases to soprano, tenor and bass and becomes a complete, rounded mini comic-opera.
The importance of Jommelli in Italian music, particularly in opera, is glimpsed in this intermezzo (and also in 'L'Uccellatrice' - also available from Classicsonline); it is high time one of the recording companies such as Opera Rara, Hungaroton or Opus 111, to whom we owe so much knowledge of the earlier days of Italian opera, and its German influences, recorded one of Jommelli's full length operas.more....
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