Domenico Cimarosa


Born: December 17, 1749; Aversa, Italy   Died: January 11, 1801; Venice, Italy  
A composer who was quite familiar to Mozart's operatic audiences, Domenico Cimarosa was the prolific creator of over 60 operas. He was the son of a poor bricklayer, coming from a working-class family. He studied music at the Conservatorio Santa Maria di Loreto from 1761 until 1772. Among his teachers was the famous Piccinni, the rival of Gluck in France. His first opera was Le stravaganza del conte. It premiered in Naples in 1772, and its success Read more was such that it brought Cimarosa immediate recognition. Cimarosa spent the next several years in Rome and Naples, and composed over twenty operas for these two cities. His operas were performed internationally in Paris, Vienna, Dresden, and London. In 1787, Catherine II invited him to St. Petersburg. During his stay in Russia, Cimarosa continued to compose at a prodigious rate. La Cleopatra and La vergine del sole are two works that were staged in 1788. Subsequently, Leopold II of Austria engaged him as court Kapellmeister in Vienna, to fill the position vacated by Salieri. One of Cimarosa's greatest successes was staged in Vienna. Il matrimonio segreto, a delightful comic opera full of invention and wit, immensely pleased the Emperor. He gave the entire cast supper, and had them perform the entire opera again that same evening. Although lacking Mozart's depth, Cimarosa's music does possess some of Mozart's qualities -- in particular, a gift for the comic, buffo style.

After the death of the Emperor, Salieri was reappointed Kapellmeister, and Cimarosa was released. He left Vienna and returned to Naples where he entered the service of the King. He was hailed in Naples as a great operatic hero, and his Il matrimonio segreto was performed 57 times running. However, Cimarosa's last years were marked by misfortune. When the French Republican army marched into Naples, Cimarosa enthusiastically declared his support of the revolution. He was immediately thrown into prison and condemned to death. The King eventually released him, but banished him from Naples. Broken in spirit, Cimarosa attempted to return to Russia, but died in Venice in 1801. Because of rumors that he was poisoned, the government was obliged to perform an autopsy. In addition to operas, Cimarosa left behind oratorios, masses, and cantatas, and some instrumental music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Cimarosa: Overtures, Vol. 5 / Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573568 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Ord-Tempered Harpsichord
    Label: Willowhayne Records   Catalog: WHR040 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giles Farnaby,  William Tisdale  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Swinton,  Kenneth Mobbs
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    Great Trumpet Concertos / Andre
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556722 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
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    Pergolesi: La serva padrona - Cimarosa: Il maestro di cappella
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 16009 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Rosanna Carteri,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Sesto Bruscantini
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Renato Fasano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano,  Collegium Musicum Italicum,  I Virtuosi di Roma
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    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Il mito dell'opera: Sesto Bruscantini
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1236 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Sesto Bruscantini,  Fabio Maestri,  Franco Ricciardi
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Chorus,  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Cimarosa: Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 / Candela
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7720 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Dario Candela
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    Cimarosa: Overtures, Vol. 4 / Halasz, Czech Chamber Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573459 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Chamber Orchestra
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  • 10.
    The Florilegium Series - Classical & Early Romantic
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002386502 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston,  Alan Hacker,  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  The Music Party,  Oxford New College Choir  ... 
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    Arias For Luigi Marchesi / Ann Hallenberg
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923505 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti,  Niccolň Zingarelli,  Giovanni Simone Mayr,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Hallenberg
    Conductor:  Stefano Aresi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Galante
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Ličge
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    Cimarosa: Complete 88 Keyboard Sonatas / Boldrini
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95027 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  David Boldrini
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    Tutto Buffo / Paolo Bordogna
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002336402 Release Date: 07/10/2015  
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Bordogna
    Conductor:  Francesco Lanzillotta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic
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    Great Comedy Overtures  / Friedel,   Scottish National Orchestra [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Otto Nicolai,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Ambroise Thomas,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek  ... 
    Conductor:  Lance Friedel
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    Great Comedy Overtures / Friedel, Royal Scottish
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573418 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Otto Nicolai,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Lance Friedel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Hasse, Telemann, Vivaldi, J. Stamitz, Cimarosa: Concertos for 2 Flutes and Orchestra
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1057 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Anton Stamitz,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Gottfried Hechtl,  Camillo Wanausek
    Conductor:  Kurt Rapf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Chamber Orchestra
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    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Wolf-ferrari, Noni, Simionato, Valletti
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 121210 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Antonio Cassinelli,  Cesare Valletti,  Alda Noni  ... 
    Conductor:  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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    St. Petersburg / Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002160702 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Araia,  Hermann Raupach,  Domenico Dall'Oglio,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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  • 20.
    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Great Trumpet Concertos / Payne, Hopkins, Melbourne Symphony
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4763531 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Lovelock,  Henri Tomasi,  Richard Mills,  Alexander Arutiunian  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Payne
    Conductor:  John Hopkins,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Most Wanted Recitals -  Fernando Corena Sings Il Maestro Di Capella  And Mozart Concert Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002065902 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Fernando Corena
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Peter Maag,  Argeo Quadri,  Bruno Amaducci
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    Musica Barocca a Due / Annala, Mantyla
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 358 Release Date: 05/20/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Adam Falckenhagen,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Hannu Annala,  Mari Mantyla
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  • 24.
    Hommage A Trois
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 428 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Berger,  Carolyn Sampson
    Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
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    Cimarosa - Il Maestro Di Cappella / Sarti, Ephrikian, I Solisti Di Milano
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802203 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Gastone Sarti
    Conductor:  Angelo Ephrikian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Milano
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