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Donald Macleod on Cimarosa's years learning with the monks from the Church of San Severo and at one of the Neapolitan conservatoires.

He was showered with gifts by royalty and the nobility, and was more popular than Mozart in the world of opera, this week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Domenico Cimarosa. Born in Aversa, Cimarosa came from a very humble background, but he rose to become one of the most celebrated composers in Europe. Most of his career centred on Naples and the opera theatres there, but premieres of his stage works also took place in Venice, Milan, Rome and St Petersburg. He also accepted contracts away from Italy, working for the Empress Catherine the Great in Russia, and then later Emperor Leopold II in Vienna. His life ended rather abruptly at the age of fifty-one in Venice, tired and exhausted, and banished from his home of Naples for unwisely supporting the Parthenopean Republic against the Neopolitan King.

In Cimarosa's first music lessons with the monks from the Church of San Severo, he learnt to sing and accompany himself at the harpsichord. Cimarosa would later go on to lead the orchestra from the harpsichord at the the premieres of many of his operas. He also composed a number of sonatas for the keyboard, including the Sonata in A major R22.

Soon Cimarosa was being educated at one of the Neopolitan conservatoires, where he excelled in his skills as a keyboard player, violinist and singer. His earliest works from this period are mainly sacred, composed for the many churches around the city. Sacred music would remain an interest for Cimarosa throughout his career. Towards the end of his life, 1796, he composed his Dixit Dominus for three soloists, four-part choir and orchestra.

Cimarosa arr. Arthur Benjamin
Concerto for Oboe and Strings (Introduction: Larghetto & Allegro)
Brynjar Hoff, oboe
English Chamber Orchestra
Ian Watson, conductor

Sonata in A major R22
Victor Sangiorgio, piano

Quartet No 6 in A minor for Oboe and Strings
Paolo Pollastri, oboe
Members of L'Arte dell'Arco

Dixit Dominus (Virgam virtutis - Iuravit Dominus)
Cinzia Rizzone, soprano
Sylvia Rottensteiner, mezzo-soprano
Gregory Bonfatti, tenor
I Musici Cantori Choir of Trent
Voci Roveretane Choir
Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trent
Fabio Pirona, conductor

Armida Immaginaria (Act III Scene V-VI, Aria: Zengariello mio d'amore)
Alla Simonischvili (La Marchesa Tisbea), soprano
Anna Rosa Peraino (Ermidora), soprano
Giovanna Donadini (Stella), soprano
Domenico Colaianni (Mastro Giorgio), baritone
Piero Guarnera (Patro Caspero Spatachiatta di Vico), baritone
Simon Edwards (Battistino), tenor
Massimilano Chiarolla (Don Bernabo), tenor
Coro del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari
Orchestra del Teatro Bellini di Catania
Eric Hull, conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 15 Feb 2016 18:30

Music Played

  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Concerto In C Minor

    Performer: Brynjar Hoff. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ian Watson.
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    • 6.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Concerto In C Minor

    Performer: Brynjar Hoff. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ian Watson.
    • SIMAX: PSC1254.
    • SIMAX.
    • 6.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Sonata in A major R22

    Performer: Victor Sangiorgio.
    • NAXOS : 8-570718.
    • NAXOS.
    • 4.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Sonata in A major R22

    Performer: Victor Sangiorgio.
    • NAXOS : 8-570718.
    • NAXOS.
    • 4.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Quartet No 6 in A minor

    Performer: Paolo Pollastri. Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco.
    • Stradivarius: STR33604.
    • Stradivarius.
    • 13.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Quartet No 6 in A minor

    Performer: Paolo Pollastri. Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco.
    • Stradivarius: STR33604.
    • Stradivarius.
    • 13.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Dixit Dominus, Virgam virtutis - Iuravit Dominus

    Singer: Cinzia Rizzone. Singer: Sylvia Rottensteiner. Singer: Gregory Bonfatti. Choir: I Musici Cantori. Choir: Voci Roveretane. Orchestra: Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trent. Conductor: Fabio Pirona.
    • CPO:9999882.
    • 2.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Dixit Dominus, Virgam virtutis - Iuravit Dominus

    Singer: Cinzia Rizzone. Singer: Sylvia Rottensteiner. Singer: Gregory Bonfatti. Choir: I Musici Cantori. Choir: Voci Roveretane. Orchestra: Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trent. Conductor: Fabio Pirona.
    • CPO:9999882.
    • 2.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Armida Immaginaria Act III Scene V-VI, Aria: Zengariello mio d’amore

    Singer: Simon Edwards. Conductor: Eric Hull. Singer: Alla Simonischvili. Singer: Anna Rosa Peraino. Singer: Giovanna Donadini. Singer: Domenico Colaianni. Singer: Piero Guarnera. Singer: Massimilano Chiarolla. Choir: Coro del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari. Orchestra: del Teatro Bellini di Catania.
    • Dynamic: CDS205/1-3.
    • Dynamic.
    • 16.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Armida Immaginaria Act III Scene V-VI, Aria: Zengariello mio d’amore

    Singer: Simon Edwards. Conductor: Eric Hull. Singer: Alla Simonischvili. Singer: Anna Rosa Peraino. Singer: Giovanna Donadini. Singer: Domenico Colaianni. Singer: Piero Guarnera. Singer: Massimilano Chiarolla. Choir: Coro del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari. Orchestra: del Teatro Bellini di Catania.
    • Dynamic: CDS205/1-3.
    • Dynamic.
    • 16.

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