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CHERUBINI: Symphony in D major / Opera Overtures

Composer(s):Cherubini, Luigi
Artist(s) Bellugi, Piero, Conductor • Sanremo Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557908
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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It is often forgotten that Cherubini, best remembered today for his Requiem (Naxos 8.554749) and opera Médée, was held in the highest regard by his contemporaries, including Beethoven who considered him to be the greatest living composer of all. With its echoes of Schubert and Rossini, and a brilliant closing movement, Cherubini’s only symphony is a highly inventive and beautifully proportioned work. The three opera overtures, once a familiar part of concert programmes, are dramatic works filled with suspense and intervening passages of tender lyricism.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Cherubini’s music was greatly admired by Beethoven, and this fine symphony readily explains why. Its invention is consistently appealing and its structure no less impressive. The layout of the three overtures (again with attractive themes) is said to have influenced Beethoven. They once features regularly in concert programmes but are now (like the Symphony) almost never performed. Fortunately the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo is a first-class ensemble and their conductor, Pieri Bellugi, provides dramatic and cultured performances of all this music, very well recorded. So this disc cannot be recommended too highly.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2007

During the first half of the 19th century Luigi Cherubini dominated French musical life. He had managed to stay on both sides of the political divide that ravaged the country, and as administrator of the Paris Conservatoire could influence the direction of French music well into that century. He had been born and musically educated in Italy and obtained much acclaim with several ‘opera seria’ before a visit to Paris persuaded him that his place in music would be best served there. A large quantity of works, much of it sacred, was to follow, but it was his opera Lodoiska from 1791 that was to take him to an elevated level in Europe’s music. It was to set the scene for a complete change in opera that took away the simply picturesque and replaced it with works



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