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CIMAROSA: Overtures, Vol. 1

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia


Alessandro Amoretti



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 69:06
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DOMENICO CIMAROSA

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1 

Voldomiro: Overture

4:06
     
2 

La baronessa Stramba: Overture

6:16
     
3 

Le stravaganze del conte: Overture

3:27
     
4 

Il matrimonio segreto: Overture

6:00
     
5 

L'infedelta fedele: Overture

5:26
     
6 

Il ritorno di Don Calendrino: Overture

9:11
     
7 

Il falegname: Overture

5:22
     
8 

Cleopatra: Overture

4:21
     
9 

Il convito: Overture

9:12
     
10 

La vergine del sole: Overture

5:34
     
11 

Il credulo: Overture

4:53
     
12 

L'impresario in angustie: Overture

5:18
 Alessandro Amoretti


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.
 

"...There is enough variation in the music to allow the disc to spin until the end without the need for a pause—partly of course since it spans a period of twenty years, during which the composer undoubtedly developed. High-spirited most of it is but he also writes a slow mid-section in the Il convito overture, where there is a fine French horn solo. Alessandro Amoretti is well versed in the music of this period and Esterházy Sinfonia is a splendid modern instrument ensemble. The producer/engineer couple Ibolya Tóth and János Bohus have also done a good job with the sonics.Since there is probably little chance to hear these overtures live and since other recordings are in short supply this is a golden opportunity to make the acquaintance of some of the most spirited music of the late 18th century."

 
Gorsan Forsing - MusicWeb-International.com - October 2007
 

"...it is a worthwhile collection of music from a period when Mozart didn’t have it all his own way in the opera house. This recording was originally issued on Marco Polo 8.225181 and dates from April 2000. The Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia plays crisply and keenly, with a real sense of style, ably directed by Alessandro Amoretti. The acoustic of the Phoenix Studio in Budapest has a warmth and depth that suggests a concert hall rather then a studio and beautifully complements the spirited performances."
 
Derek Warby - MusicWeb-International.com - April 2008
 

"...Conductor Alessandro Amoretti and the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia play up a storm in every one of these delightful classical concoctions, and the sound is good. There’s never a sullen second on this welcome reissue!.."
 
Bob McQuiston - Classical Lost and Found - August 2007



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