Notes & Reviews:
The most famous Italian opera composer of his day, Domenico Cimarosa saw his fame spread all over Europe. Written towards the end of the 'Neapolitan School' era, his operas endured in popularity long after his death thanks to their melodic invention, colorful orchestration and sheer vitality. The overtures in this programme include I tre amanti (The Three Lovers), the hit opera that made Cimarosa's name outside Naples, and Il pittor parigino (The Parisian Painter) and the tragedy Giunio Bruto that were admired by Haydn and conducted by him at the Esterházy court. The first three volumes are available on Naxos 8.570508, 8.570279 and 8.572734.
American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The performances are very good. The playing is fleet-footed or pensive when necessary, and the conductor maintains good control. This is particularly noticeable in slow passages when notes are held for a few beats. Naxos has a recorded about half of the known Cimarosa overtures, so they will likely continue with the series. Perhaps the more mature overtures will have more individuality.
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