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.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Cimarosa: Gli Orazi E I Curiazi / Giulini, Simionato
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 264 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Angela Vercelli,  Tomaso Spataro,  Gino Del Signore
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Italian Radio Chorus Milan
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Léopold Simoneau - Opera Arias And Duets
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457752 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Halévy  ... 
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Léopold Simoneau
    Conductor:  Lee Schaenen,  Paul Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    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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  • 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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