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CIMAROSA, D.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Sangiorgio) - R. 1-18

Composer(s):Cimarosa, Domenico
Artist(s) Sangiorgio, Victor, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570718
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Domenico Cimarosa was the most famous and popular Italian opera composer of the second half of the 18th Century. In the course of a brilliantly successful career he composed more than 65 operas as well as a significant number of other works. Although nothing is known about the origins of the keyboard sonatas, they are attractive, small-scale works probably intended for study purposes or for domestic performance. The crystalline brilliance of many of the fast outer movements is very appealing and the slow movements, although somewhat conservative in style, often possess a surprising expressive depth.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2009

Cimarosa was a celebrated opera composer who dominated the scene in the late 18th century, with over sixty major works to his credit. It's really puzzling that he should write such little works—sonatinas, actually, and even more curious why movements—many under a minute long—are never developed, so they're over as soon as they begin! Even Clementi et al did better in that respect. It's a pity, really, because Cimarosa's ideas and melodies are delightful. Victor Sangiorgio plays beautifully, but I found this recording rather unsatisfying, through no fault of the artist.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009


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