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Cimarosa: Overtures Vol 3 / Gallois, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla

Cimarosa / Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla / Gallois
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572734  
Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The best way to describe this music is “homeopathic Mozart”. There are nice moments, but Cimarosa spreads his material pretty thinly. There are lively triadic themes, lyrical second subjects, and the occasional touching slow interlude, all diluted in vast tracts of generic musical business. The overture to Artemisa, regina di Caria was said to be the composer’s favorite, but it’s difficult to see why. I nemici generosi features an attractive clarinet solo, here very well played by Denitsa Laffchiev, and several of these pieces (L’eroe cinese, I due baroni di Roccazzura, and Cajo Mario) are relatively lengthy if not otherwise notably substantial, lasting around 10 minutes apiece. So while they don’t all sound the same, you do get a very Read more clear sense of what to expect. The music’s lightness also is reinforced by the lack of minor keys.

Each disc in this series has featured different performers, but it’s probably fair to say that this release is the best to date. The Sinfonia Finlandia plays with consistent alertness and transparency. Most of these overtures are scored for a basic ensemble of oboes, horns, and strings, with additions as necessary (such as that solo clarinet), but Patrick Gallois ensures that even with limited forces Cimarosa’s use of color gets underlined wherever possible. This isn’t great music, but it is pleasant, and it’s easy to understand why Cimarosa’s undemanding style achieved such wide popularity in his lifetime. The engineering is excellent.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Il mercato di Malmantile: Overture by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
2.
Le astuzie femminili: Overture no 1 by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; Naples, Italy  
3.
Le astuzie femminili: Overture no 2 by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; Naples, Italy  
4.
Artemisia regina di Caria: Overture by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Italy 
5.
Caio Mario: Overture by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
6.
I due baroni di Rocca Azzurra: Overture by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Italy 
7.
Le stravaganze d'amore: Overture by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
8.
I nemici generosi: Overture by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
9.
L'eroe cinese: Overture by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 

Sound Samples

Le astuzie femminili Overture No. 1
Le astuzie femminili Overture No. 2
Artemisia regina di Caria: Overture
La vanita delusa, "Il mercato di Malmantile": Overture
Caio Mario: Overture
I due baroni di Rocca Azzurra: Overture
Le stravaganze d'amore: Overture
I nemici generosi: Overture
L'eroe cinese: Overture

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Cimarosa`s music never disappoints. October 2, 2013 By Felipe E. (Oakland, CA) See All My Reviews "The music of Cimarosa never disappoints!I have been waiting for the third installment of the complete Cimarosa overtures on Naxos,and when I finally heard it,I was amazed.The overtures are full of musical surprises at ever turn,the music is naturally humorous,and I found myself laughing at many moments,The overtures contain not only truly dramatic instances,but at the next moment humor and light heartiness.The overture to I nemici generosi was incredible with the beautiful writing for clarinet,that if Mozart had lived to hear it,(the clarinet being one of Mozart`s favorite instruments)would have praised it.The music of the overtures are full of vitality,creative melody and wit.A sure addition to anyone`s collection.A CD not to be missed.Waiting patiently for Volume Four!!" Report Abuse
 Very gratifying August 25, 2013 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "This music is just plain enjoyable. It's not up there with Mozart or Beethoven but it still stands on it's own and fits neatly into the period. Gallois and Finlandia do a great job." Report Abuse
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