Domenico Cimarosa: Overtures, Vol. 1

Domenico Cimarosa: Overtures, Vol. 1

by Alessandro Amoretti
     
 

In his 52 years, eighteenth century Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa left behind an astounding 65 operas and that was not through sheer industriousness but to meet demand; in terms of Italian opera, Cimarosa was the biggest fish in the pond -- even bigger than Mozart. Only one of his operas has gained a foothold in the repertory, "IlSee more details below

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In his 52 years, eighteenth century Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa left behind an astounding 65 operas and that was not through sheer industriousness but to meet demand; in terms of Italian opera, Cimarosa was the biggest fish in the pond -- even bigger than Mozart. Only one of his operas has gained a foothold in the repertory, "Il matrimonio segreto"; perhaps a half-dozen others have been recorded in some way or another. A good way to connect with an opera that you cannot otherwise hear is through listening to its overture, and Marco Polo's Domenico Cimarosa: Overtures I present 12 of them in freshly scrubbed editions prepared by Artaria Editions performed by the Hungarian Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia under the direction of Alessandro Amoretti. These are serviceable performances that represent the letter of Cimarosa's music without being in themselves particularly imaginative performances. Compared to Mozart's opera overtures, or to others of the same period, most of these works have charm and some lilt, but are pretty cut and dried. One would expect the overture to Cimarosa's "Cleopatra" to be faintly exotic in character, given the subject, her locale, and historical value. Rather it is just faster in tempo than most of the other overtures; with the equivalent of about eight measures of some typically "Turkish" features being the only exploration of Cleopatra beyond that. The opera overture in the eighteenth century was a changeling; Johann Christian Bach tended to add pre-fabricated overtures to his operas, rotating them when necessary, and Cimarosa himself is identified here as utilizing several different overtures for the same opera. As orchestral music, these overtures are good -- pleasant, vibrant, and infectiously rhythmic, but no one would confuse them with being great orchestral music on their own terms; nor are they lame -- just middle ground works that might appeal to fanciers of the Classical-era stage and fans of the eighteenth century symphony, but probably to few others.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0636943518120
catalogNumber:
8225181

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  1. Volodimiro, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  2. La baronessa Stramba, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  3. Le Stravaganze del Conte, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  4. Il Matrimonio Segreto, opera: Overture (Vienna Version)  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  5. L'infedeltà fedele, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  6. Il ritorno di Don Calandrino, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  7. Il falegname, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  8. La Cleopatra, dramma serio: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  9. Il convito, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  10. La Vergine Del Sole, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  11. Il credulo, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  12. L'impresario in angustie, opera: Overture  - Domenico Cimarosa  -  Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia

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