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
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Original Masters - Igor Markevitch - Un Veritable Artiste
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000085602 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Georges Bizet,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Cotelle,  Fritz Demmle,  Aurčle Nicolet,  Georges Alčs  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    Cimarosa: Le Astuzie Femminili, Etc / Rossi, Sciutti, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1365 Release Date: 01/07/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Sesto Bruscantini,  Renata Mattioli,  Franco Calabrese,  Anna Maria Rota  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alessandro Scarlatti Orchestra,  Alessandro Scarlatti Chorus
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  • 79.
    Concerti Per Oboe - Cimarosa, Bach, Et Al / Lencses, Angerer
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83114 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Johann Christian Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Lajos Lencsés,  Wolfgang Rösch
    Conductor:  Paul Angerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Divas Of Mozart's Day / P. Michaels, Alltop, Classical Arts
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 64 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Vicente Martin y Soler,  Antonio Salieri,  Stephen Storace  ... 
    Performer:  Patrice Michaels,  Peter Van DeGraaff,  Stephen Alltop
    Conductor:  Stephen Alltop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Classical Arts Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Italian Overtures / Chung, Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471566 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi Piovano
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Paisello, Cimarosa / Insieme Strumentale Di Roma
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33567 Release Date: 08/06/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Giovanni Paisiello
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Instrumental Ensemble
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  • 83.
    Broken Boundaries
    Label: Schatts Productions   Catalog: 5637463509 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Paul Bonneau  ... 
    Performer:  Adam Schattschneider,  Barbara Young
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  • 84.
    Cimarosa: Overtures / Amoretti, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225181 Release Date: 04/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Conductor:  Alessandro Amoretti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
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  • 85.
    Elevazione - The Magic Of The Oboe / Gordon Hunt
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5017 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Domenico Zipoli,  Alessandro Marcello,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Hunt,  Leslie Pearson
    Conductor:  Gordon Hunt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Bream Adagios - Guitar Favorites For Romantic Daydreams
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63905 Release Date: 02/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Spencer,  Marilyn Sansom,  Julian Bream,  John Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Orchestra,  RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra,  Julian Bream Consort  ... 
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  • 87.
    I Do - Classical Wedding Music
    Label: Golden Stars   Catalog: 5326 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriele Fuchs,  Peter Dvorsky,  Bojan Gorisek,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Ernst Hinreiner,  Marko Munih,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Chamber Orchestra,  Salzburg Camerata Academica,  Consortium Musicum Ljubljana  ... 
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  • 88.
    Hommage a Rampal - Devienne, Cimarosa / James & Jeanne Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63701 Release Date: 04/03/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  François Devienne
    Performer:  Jeanne Galway,  James Galway
    Conductor:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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  • 89.
    Meditations For All Seasons - Music For Spring, Summer, Etc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1737 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Jacques Offenbach,  Michael Tippett,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Elinor Bennett,  John Anderson,  Martin Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski,  Michael Tippett,  Simon Wright,  Jaime Laredo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  English Northern Philharmonia,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Léopold Simoneau - Opera Arias And Duets
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457752 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Francesco Cilča,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Léopold Simoneau
    Conductor:  Lee Schaenen,  Paul Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    The Art Of Robert Bloom - Music For Oboe And Strings Vol 2
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Wayne Barlow  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Bloom,  Julius Walter Guetter,  Marcel Tabuteau,  Robert McGinnis  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Wilson,  Leopold Stokowski,  Paul Wolfe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norfolk Festival Orchestra,  Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra,  New College String Quartet  ... 
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  • 92.
    Giordani, Scarlatti, Et Al: Arie Antiche / Renato Bruson
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47575 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Alessandro Parisotti,  Antonio Caldara  ... 
    Performer:  Renato Bruson
    Conductor:  Roberto Paternostro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Sinfonietta
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  • 93.
    Haydn, J.c. Bach, Cimarosa / Gabriel, Wanausek, Hechtl, Etc
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Franz Bartolomey,  Fritz Händschke,  Gottfried Hechtl,  Camillo Wanausek
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Gabriel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Chamber Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Meditations For Spring - Copland, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7049 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Lennox Berkeley  ... 
    Performer:  John Anderson
    Conductor:  William Boughton,  Simon Wright,  Gerard Claret,  Monica Huggett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English String Orchestra,  Andorra National Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Five Italian Oboe Concertos / Daniel, Peterborough Orchestra
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55034 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas Daniel
    Conductor:  Nicholas Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peterborough String Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Laureate Series, Guitar - Steve Kostelnik
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554214 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Kulp,  Eduardo Sainz de la Maza,  Regino Sainz de la Maza,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Kostelnik
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  • 97.
    The Art Of The Oboe - Famous Oboe Concerti / Anthony Camden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553991 Release Date: 06/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Tomaso Albinoni,  George Frideric Handel,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Camden
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward,  John Georgiadis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  London Virtuosi
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  • 98.
    From Bach To Jarrett - Oboe & English Horn Works / Larsson
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig August Lebrun,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Keith Jarrett,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Mĺrten Larsson
    Conductor:  Thord Svedlund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Umeĺ Symphony Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Marcello, Cimarosa, Bach, Et Al / Pecha, Paukert, Janacek Co
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 721 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Hermann Schroeder,  Jan Koetsier  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Pecha,  Karel Paukert,  Marek Zvolánek,  Bohuslav Matousek  ... 
    Conductor:  Petr Vronsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Italian Oboe Concertos / Camden, Girdwood, Ward
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553433 Release Date: 02/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Vincenzo Righini,  Federigo Fiorillo  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Camden,  Julia Girdwood
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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