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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: Amor Rende Sagace / Fabio Neri
Release Date: 04/18/1995   Label: Bongiovanni  
Catalog: 2126   Number of Discs: 2
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Cimarosa: Armida Immaginaria / Eric Hull
Release Date: 03/26/1996   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 205/1-3   Number of Discs: 3
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Cimarosa: Le Astuzie Femminili, Etc / Rossi, Sciutti, Et Al
Release Date: 01/07/2003   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1365   Number of Discs: 2
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Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Bellini, Antoniozzi, Et Al
Release Date: 09/01/1996   Label: Arts Music  
Catalog: 47117   Number of Discs: 3
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Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Barenboim, Auger, Fischer-Dieskau
Release Date: 05/03/1993   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 437696   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 51.
    Sounds For The Soul
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1273 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Eckart Haupt,  Werner Tast,  Burkhard Glaetzner  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Kurt Masur,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
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  • 52.
    Cimarosa: Overtures / Amoretti, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570508 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Conductor:  Alessandro Amoretti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
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  • 53.
    Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Kertesz, Sciutti, Corena, Mercuriali
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000897402 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Juan Oncina,  Tom Krause,  Graziella Sciutti,  Fernando Corena  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Argeo Quadri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Cimarosa: Gli Orazi E I Curiazi / Hofstetter, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 910 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Andreas Karasiak,  Kirsten Blaise,  Anna Bonitatibus,  Lisa Larsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra,  Ludwigsburg Festival Choir
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  • 55.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 362 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Elena Rizzieri,  Dora Gatta,  Cesare Valletti,  Maria Luisa Giorgetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
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  • 56.
    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Travis, Fissore
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 4021 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Valeria Baiano,  Enrico Fissore,  Antonella Bandelli,  Roberto Coviello  ... 
    Conductor:  Francis Travis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Paisiello,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Alfredo Nobile,  Angela Vercelli,  Agostino Ferrin,  Giuseppe Zecchillo  ... 
    Conductor:  Ennio Gerelli
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  • 58.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Petre Munteanu
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89662 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Petre Munteanu
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  • 59.
    Cimarosa: Il Marito Disperato / Fogliani, Karajanni, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2397 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Marianna Pizzolato,  Carmen Giannattasio,  Juan José Lopera,  Bruno De Simone  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Fogliani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Serate Musicali - Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000765402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Richard Bonynge
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  • 61.
    Autumn Moods - Instrumental Classics
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98225 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonio Rosetti,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia C. Rosin,  James Bush,  Sabine Erdmann,  Irmhild Beutler  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Ondrej Kukal,  Patrick Strub,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dreiklang Berlin Ensemble,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Czech Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Autumn Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 210056 Release Date: 09/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Ciprian Porumbescu,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Dirk Altmann,  Florian Henschel,  Gordon Schultz,  Sebastian Silvestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Patrick Strub,  Iona Brown,  Ondrej Kukal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Arcata Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Relaxing & Guitar Classics You Love
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95801 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles Gounod,  Pietro Mascagni,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
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  • 64.
    Baroque Pan Pipe - Albinoni, Et Al / Simion Stanciu Syrinx
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3086 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Edmond de Stoutz,  Hans Graf,  Jean-Pierre Berlingen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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  • 65.
    Cimarosa: La Cleopatra / Piva, Giannini, Morandini, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2395/6 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Luca Favaron,  Maria Pia Moriyon,  Patricia Morandini
    Conductor:  Franco Piva
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Adria Chorus,  City of Adria Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Adagios, Sérénades / Simion Stanciu, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3069 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Marielle Nordmann
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan,  Jean-Pierre Berlingen,  Hans Graf,  Edmond de Stoutz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Normandy Orchestral Ensemble,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    Classic Recitals - Arias For Bass Vol 2 / Fernando Corena
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000575302 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Jules Massenet,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Fernando Corena
    Conductor:  James Walker,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Griffiths, Feller, Daniels
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054548 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Georgine Resick,  Carlos Feller,  Barbara Daniels,  David Kuebler
    Conductor:  Hilary Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Lopez Cobos, Lausanne Co
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 1022 Release Date: 08/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Jeannette Fischer,  Angelo Romero,  Tracey Welborn,  François Le Roux  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Cimarosa: Keyboard Sonatas / Evgeny Soifertis
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84524 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Evgennii Soifertis-Lukjanenko
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  • 71.
    Great Trumpet Ctos
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 9826976 Release Date: 02/20/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Payne
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  John Hopkins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Wind Concertos - Cimarosa, Molique, Moscheles / Dufour
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 80 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wilhelm Bernhard Molique,  Ignaz Moscheles
    Performer:  Alex Klein,  Mathieu Dufour
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Great Tenor Arias / Juan Diego Flórez
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000340536 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
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  • 74.
    Great Tenor Arias / Juan Diego Flórez
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000313602 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
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  • 75.
    Oboe Italiano / Lencsés, Strub, Arcata Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98467 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Pedrollo,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  ... 
    Performer:  Lajos Lencsés
    Conductor:  Patrick Strub
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcata Chamber Orchestra
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