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CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 2 (Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Mallon)

Composer(s):Cimarosa, Domenico
Artist(s) Mallon, Kevin, Conductor • Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570279
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Domenico Cimarosa was the most famous and popular Italian opera composer of the second half of the eighteenth century. In the course of a brilliantly successful career he composed more than 65 operas as well as a significant body of instrumental music and works for the church. His operas were performed all over Europe, both in Italian and in translation. A number of Cimarosa’s operas continued to enjoy occasional stagings during the nineteenth century, and his most famous work, Il matrimonio segreto, is one of only a handful of operas of the period never to have left the repertory. Cimarosa’s overtures are remarkable for their melodic invention, assured handling of the orchestra and sheer vitality. Volume One is available on Naxos 8.570508.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2008

With each of these overtures, my admiration for Cimarosa grows. Although his fame rests on 'classics' like Il Matrimonio Segreto,he had composed over 65 operas and a huge body of other works, notable for lively orchestration, crisp tempi and melodic invention - all brought to the fore by Kevin Mallon and his Toronto Chamber Orchestra, without doubt one of the finest chamber ensembles before the public today. The audio quality, too, is of demonstration calibre.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2007

Born in 1749, Domenico Cimarosa didn't have the most happy start to life, his father dying shortly after his birth, and his early education having to come from charitable institutions. Such was his aptitude that he was sent to study music in the Conservatoire di S. Maria di Loreto where he became highly proficient as a teenager. Not well documented as to how he arrived there, his early career finds him as a musician in the court of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg, before he moved into the imperial service in Vienna and finally back to his childhood home in Naples. There he became established as one of the most fashionable composers working in Italy in the second half of the 18th century, his catalogue of works including around 65 operas. Most were in lighthearted mode, his



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