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Donald Macleod traces Salieri's successful career in the world of opera, including two important commissions on the recommendation of Gluck.

Donald Macleod in this third programme traces Salieri's highly successful career in the world of opera. On the recommendation of Gluck, Salieri was invited to Milan to compose L'Europa riconosciuta for the official opening of La Scala. During his tour around Italy, he also got time to compose other works, and we'll hear his Piccola Serenata written at this time. Later, Salieri was offered another notable opera commission, again on the advice of Gluck - a work for the Paris Opera. Once in Paris, he journeyed to Versailles to perform for Marie Antoinette. The programme ends with part of the final act of Les Danaides, which was dedicated to the French Queen.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Antonio Salieri

    Overture (Il Talismano - 1779)

    Artist: Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Artist: Michael Dittrich (conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223381.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Numi, respiro...Ah, lo sento (L'Europa riconosciuta - 1778)

    Artist: Diana Damrau (soprano) Artist: Le Cercle de L'Harmonie Artist: Jeremie Rhorer (director)

    • Virgin Classics 0094639525027.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Or ei con Ernestina...Ah sia gia (La scuola de' gelosi - Act 2, Sc 14 - 1779)

    Artist: Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano) Artist: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Artist: Adam Fischer (conductor)

    • Decca 475100-2.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Piccola Serenata in B flat (1778)

    Artist: Otto Winter, Hartmut Festerling (oboes) Artist: Elizabeth Kulenkampff, Wolfgang Braun (horns) Artist: Gustavo Nunes (bassoon)

    • Campion RRCD1330.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Ich denke dein (I think of you)

    Artist: Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) Artist: Graham Johnson (piano)

    • Hyperion CDJ33051/3.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Ma vengeance est-elle rempile until end of Act 5 (Scs 2-9) - Les Danaides (1784)

    Artist: Hypermnestre ...... Sophie Marin-Degor (soprano) Artist: Plancippe ...... Kirsten Blaise (soprano) Artist: Lyncee ...... Christoph Genz (tenor) Artist: Pelagus ...... Wolfgang Frisch (tenor) Artist: Danaus ...... Hans Christoph Begemann (baritone) Artist: Officer 3 ...... Jurgen Deppert (baritone) Artist: Officer 1 ...... Sven Juttner (bass) Artist: Officer 2 ...... Daniel Suto (bass) Artist: Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele Chorus Artist: Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele Orchestra Artist: Michael Hofstetter (conductor)

    • OEHMS Classics OC909.

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