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CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 1 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Amoretti)

Composer(s):Cimarosa, Domenico
Artist(s) Amoretti, Alessandro, Conductor • Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570508
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Domenico Cimarosa was the most famous and popular Italian 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.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2007

Domenico Cimarosa was one of the most fashionable composers working in Italy in the second half of the 18th century, his success in the theatre leading to the composition of around 65 operas. Life however had not started out well, his father dying shortly after the boy’s birth, his early charitable education eventually taking him to study music in the Conservatoire di S. Maria di Loreto. His early career finds him playing in the court of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg, then moving into imperial service in Vienna, and finally back to Naples. Most of his operas were lighthearted, his overtures the forerunner of Rossini in their bubbly content. They are more interesting in the changes that Cimarosa brought about, the norm for Italian opera at the time being the

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