Domenico Cimarosa

Biography

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
Cimarosa: Il matrimonia segreto / Auger, Fischer-Dieskau
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Catalog: 93962   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 101.
    Neapolitan Organ In The 18th Century Vol 1 / Sacchetti
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47153 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro A. Guglielmi,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Giovanni Paisiello,  Mattia Vento  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti
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  • 102.
    Cimarosa: Il Maestro Di Cappella, Etc / Cirri, Gatti, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2184 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Giorgio Gatti,  Stefano Lorenzetti,  Marcello Gatti,  Federico Maria Sardelli
    Conductor:  Riccardo Cirri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Cantus
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  • 103.
    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Bellini, Antoniozzi, Et Al
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47117 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Hans Ludwig Hirsch,  William Matteuzzi,  Petteri Salomaa,  Susan Patterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Bellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Eastern Netherlands
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  • 104.
    Cimarosa: Armida Immaginaria / Eric Hull
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 205/1-3 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Anna Rossa Peraino,  Alla Simonichvili,  Simon Edwards,  Giovanna Donadini  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Hull
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra,  Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Chorus
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  • 105.
    Cimarosa, Piazzolla, Sarasate, Et Al / Duo Cordier-kirschner
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 696 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Alessandro Marcello,  Astor Piazzolla,  André Jolivet  ... 
    Performer:  Rémy Cordier,  Michel Kirschner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordier-Kirschner Duo
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  • 106.
    Vivaldi, Marcello, Et Al: Oboe Works / Jean-paul Goy, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Francesco Geminiani,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Goy,  René Oberson
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    Baroque At Bathtime
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446764 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giovanni Marella,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Gheorghe Zamfir,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Iona Brown,  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici  ... 
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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    Mozart, Cimarosa, Vivaldi: Flute Concertos / Rampal, Kudo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45930 Release Date: 01/18/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Stamitz,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Shigenori Kudo
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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