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Donald Macleod introduces excerpts from two Paisiello comic operas - Don Chisciotte della Mancia and La Frascatana - with which he launched his international career.

Donald Macleod introduces the life and music of the Italian composer whose comic operas were the toast of some of the greatest world leaders of the day.

Giovanni Paisiello was one of the most popular opera composers of his day, feted all over Europe, not least by the greatest world leaders of the day including Napoleon, Catherine the Great and Emperor Joseph II. And yet, other than a handful of operatic arias, he's virtually unknown today. Donald Macleod looks at the life and times of this prolific composer who produced nearly 100 operas and made a significant contribution to the development of opera.

Paisiello was an ambitious young man - although he was already making a name for himself around Italy, he was determined to win the hearts and minds of the Neapolitan court, one of the most flourishing centres of musical excellence in Europe at that time. In the first programme, Donald Macleod introduces excerpts from two of his comic operas - 'Don Chisciotte della Mancia', one of the first to find favour with the King of Naples, and 'La Frascatana', with which Paisiello launched his international career.

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Mon 6 Jun 2016 18:30

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  • Giovanni Paisiello

    L'idolo cinese - Overture

    Performer: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Performer: Enrique Mazzola, conductor

    • Dynamic CDS376.
  • Giovanni Paisiello

    Don Chisciotte della Mancia Extract from Act II

    Performer: Don Quixote Performer: Maurizio Leoni (Sancho Panza) Performer: Paola Quagliata (Contessa) Performer: Patrizia Macrelli (Duchess) Performer: Giacomo Gandaglia (Don Calafrone) Performer: Davide Paltretti (Don Platone) Performer: Elena Bertocchi (Carmosina) Performer: Ilaria Italia (Cardolella) Performer: Orchestra Filarmonia Italiana di Piacenza Performer: Conductor, Valentino Metti

    • Dynamic CDS366.
  • Giovanni Paisiello

    Divertimento no.3 in Eb (also known as Quartet No.3 in Eb)

    Artist: Moscow Academy of Ancient Music

    • OPS 30180.
  • Giovanni Paisiello

    La Frascatana

    Performer: Katia Velletaz (Violante) Performer: Valery Tsarev (Nardone) Performer: Michelle Govi (Don Fabrizio) Performer: Laurent Dami (Cavalier Giocondo) Performer: Alexandre Diakoff (Pagnotta) Performer: Chamber Orchestra of Geneva Performer: Directed from the harpsichord by franco Trinca

    • Bongiovanni GB2358/59-2.

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