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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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  • 101.
    De Bach À Bolling / Franco Trentin
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 820 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Claude Bolling,  Franco Trentin,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Franco Trentin,  Matteo Mazza,  Rino Rossi,  Ivo Antognini
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  • 102.
    Cimarosa's Oboe Concerto And Concerti By Albinoni, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7027 Release Date: 10/03/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello,  Tomaso Albinoni
    Performer:  John Anderson
    Conductor:  Simon Wright
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Baroque At Bathtime
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446764 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alessandro Marcello,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Celin Romero,  Heinz Holliger,  Severino Gazzelloni,  Angel Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Vittorio Negri,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jacques Roussel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Dresden Staatskapelle members,  I Musici  ... 
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  • 104.
    Cimarosa: Amor Rende Sagace / Fabio Neri
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2126 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Enzo Dara,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Maurizio Dalena,  Mattia Nicolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Neri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Barenboim, Auger, Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437696 Release Date: 05/03/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Julia Hamari,  Alberto Rinaldi,  Julia Varády  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Cimarosa: Requiem / Frontalini, Coviellio, Lojarro Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2088 Release Date: 03/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Darius Niemirowicz
    Conductor:  Silvano Frontalini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warmia National Philharmonic,  Olsztyn Choral Academy
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  • 107.
    Manuel Barrueco - 300 Years Of Guitar Masterpieces
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Manuel Barrueco
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  • 108.
    Spotlight On Flute - Cpe Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, Et Al
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8746 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Stamitz,  Giovanni Benedetto Platti  ... 
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  • 109.
    Maurice André - Trumpet Concertos - Bach, Handel, Haydn, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69152 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Benedetto Marcello,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Maxence Larrieu,  János Rolla,  Bernard Schenkel
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 110.
    Albinoni, Cimarosa, Marcello, Et Al: Oboe Concertos / Holliger, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420189 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Lotti,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Sammartini  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 111.
    James Galway - Serenade
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60033 Release Date: 06/28/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Riccardo Drigo,  Gabriel Fauré,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Kazuhito Yamashita  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  Charles Dutoit,  Hiroyuki Iwaki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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