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GASSMANN, F.L.: Opera Overtures (Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Alimena)


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GASSMANN, F.L.: Opera Overtures (Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Alimena)

If the career of the Bohemian composer Florian Leopold Gassmann (1729–1774) had not been cut cruelly short by his death resulting from a fall from a carriage, his name might be a good deal better known today for he was an accomplished composer of attractive, well-wrought operas that occupy an important place in the history of Venetian and Viennese 18th-century opera. This recording features a selection of Gassmann’s overtures, including those for three of his most popular operas, Il viaggiatore ridicolo (The Ridiculous Traveller), L’amore artigiano (Love in the Workplace) and La contessina (The Young Countess). Following the fast-slow-fast pattern typical of the mid-eighteenth century opera, these works are noteworthy for their bright cheerful themes, lovely lyrical writing and sensitive orchestration.

Gassmann, Florian Leopold

  La notte critica: Overture
1.   I. [Allegro assai] 00:03:37
2.   II. [Andante] 00:02:04
3.   III. Allegro moderato 00:01:10
  Gli uccellatori: Overture
4.   I. Allegro assai 00:02:50
5.   II. Allegretto 00:01:27
6.   III. Allegro 00:00:51
  Filosofia ed amore: Overture
7.   I. Allegro assai 00:02:44
8.   II. Andante 00:01:41
9.   III. Presto 00:01:25
  La casa di campagna: Overture
10.   I. Allegro 00:01:52
11.   II. [Andante] 00:01:58
12.   III. Tempo di Contradanza: Allegro assai 00:01:25
  La contessina: Overture
13.   I. [Allegro assai] 00:03:57
14.   II. Andante 00:02:11
15.   III. Allegro molto 00:01:42
  Il viaggiatore ridicolo: Overture
16.   I. Allegro assai 00:02:53
17.   II. Andante spiritoso 00:02:59
18.   III. Allegro 00:01:21
  Il filosofo inamorato: Overture
19.   I. Allegro assai 00:01:53
20.   II. Andante 00:03:02
21.   III. Presto 00:01:06
  L'amore artigiano: Overture
22.   I. Allegro molto 00:03:39
23.   II. Allegretto 00:02:12
24.   III. Allegro practicabile 00:01:27
  Un pazzo ne fa cento: Overture
25.   I. Allegro assai 00:02:38
26.   II. Andante 00:01:34
27.   III. Presto 00:01:14
  Le pescatrici: Overture
28.   I. [Allegro assai] 00:02:45
29.   II. [Andante] 00:02:00
30.   III. Allegro 00:01:46

Total Playing Time: 01:03:23

Gassmann, Florian Leopold

Alimena, Sylvia

Eclipse Chamber Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: 18th Century Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.570421

Barcode: 747313042173

Physical Release: 09/2009

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