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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  • 26.
    Cimarosa: Overtures Vol 3 /   Gallois, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572734 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
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  • 27.
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 242 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
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  • 28.
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Voice of the Century [23 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001792900 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jörg Demus,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Karl Böhm,  Lorin Maazel,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Scarlatti: La Dirindina; Cimarosa: Il Maestro Di Cappella; Sarro: Lőimpresario Delle Canarie / Cirri, Orchestra Ars Cantus
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 20023 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Domenico Sarro
    Performer:  Patrizia Cigna,  Giorgio Gatti,  Adriana Cicogna,  Ernesto Palacio
    Conductor:  Riccardo Cirri,  Goffredo Gori
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Ars Cantus
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  • 30.
    Deutsche Oper Berlin - 100 Years 1912-2012
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107522 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Pilar Lorengar,  Donald Grobe  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Giuseppe Patané,  Arthur Rother,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 31.
    L'Art de la Flute de Pan / Simon Stanciu
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3140 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Marielle Nordmann
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Berlingen,  Edmond de Stoutz,  Hans Graf,  Claudio Scimone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Normandy Orchestral Ensemble,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Cimarosa: Die Heimliche Ehe  / Maazel, Greindl, Koth, Otto, Grobe, Mcdaniel
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101625 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Patricia Johnson,  Erika Köth,  Josef Greindl,  Lisa Otto  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 33.
    L'Olimpiade - The Opera / Basso, Gauvin, Chryssicos, Venice Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5295 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Giuseppe Sarti  ... 
    Performer:  Romina Basso,  Franziska Gottwald,  Karina Gauvin,  Nicholas Phan  ... 
    Conductor:  Markellos Chryssicos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Julian Bream In Concerto
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1174 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Malcolm Arnold,  Lennox Berkeley,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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  • 35.
    Cimarosa: Keyboard Sonatas Vol 2 / Victor Sangiorgio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572689 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio
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  • 36.
    Italia - Guitar Duos / Heinrich Albert Duo
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6031710 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferdinando Carulli,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Mauro Giuliani,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Albert Guitar Duo
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  • 37.
    Liasons / Chen Reiss, Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte Del Mondo
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4068 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Salieri,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Chen Reiss
    Conductor:  Werner Erhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
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  • 38.
    Maurice Andre Edition: Suites, Dances And Arrangements
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4676062 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Traditional,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Jean-Michel Defaye  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Guy Pedersen,  Wolfgang Karius,  Gus Wallez  ... 
    Conductor:  Claude Pichaureau,  Marc Soustrot,  François Rauber,  Claude Lagrange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Municipale D'alčs,  Ensemble of Bologna,  Ensemble De Cuivres De Paris  ... 
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  • 39.
    James Galway plays Flute Concertos
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 82812 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Rainer Wolters,  Ursula Duetschler,  John Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  James Galway,  André Prieur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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  • 40.
    Operatic Duets For Baritone & Bass / Hampson, Ramey
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4677172 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Miguel Gómez-Martinez
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  • 41.
    Haydn: Arias & Cantatas / Arleen Auger, Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 423496 Release Date: 03/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Arleen Augér
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society
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  • 42.
    Cimarosa: 30 Sonatas - Arrangements For Guitar
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94172 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Claudio Giuliani
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  • 43.
    Cimarosa: Requiem In G Minor / Trevor, Kucerova, Kruzliakova, Ludha, Belacek
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572371 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  L'udovit Ludha,  Adriana Kucerová,  Terezia Kruzliakova,  Gustav Belacek  ... 
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucnica Chorus,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 44.
    Cimarosa: Requiem / Negri, Ameling, Finnila
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 422489 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Kurt Widmer,  Birgit Finnilä,  Elly Ameling,  Richard Van Vrooman
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreux Festival Chorus,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Mozart, Cimarosa: Flute Concertos / Bennett, Nicolet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421630 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Aurčle Nicolet,  Christine Nicolet,  William Bennett
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 46.
    The Art Of Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48199 Release Date: 03/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Reicha  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Nordmann,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Shigenori Kudo,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Claudio Scimone,  János Rolla,  Placido Domingo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  I Solisti Veneti,  Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Antonini, Forte, Laplace, Pinti
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33631 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Aldo Caputo,  Mario Cassi,  Alberto Rinaldi,  Damiana Pinti  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wallonie Royal Opera Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Summer Serenade / Patrick Gallois
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457610 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois
    Conductor:  Philip Bride,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Bernard Thomas,  Jacques Mercier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Instrumental Ensemble,  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Paris Chamber Music Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Cherry Ripe - Vocal Treasures Of The 18th And 19th Centuries / Riedel
    Label: Melba   Catalog: 301118 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Modeste Grétry,  Girolamo Crescentini,  Francesco Bianchi,  Niccolň Zingarelli  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Riedel
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Air - The Most Beautiful Baroque Melodies
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149442 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Pischner,  Eckart Haupt,  Werner Tast,  E. Power Biggs
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Helmut Koch,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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