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‘I was very happy to record Cimarosa’s overtures for Naxos. Thanks to the composer's prolific output, I was able to not only appreciate the variety of themes he used but also the evolution of orchestral writing. The novelty of Mozart's use of clarinets in his Divertimento, K.113 (1771), followed by their regular appearance from 1780 in his operas, and his use of trumpets and clarinets in 1778 in his Paris Symphony – all this helped Cimarosa to diversify his own orchestral colours and made the overtures even more attractive and luminous.

Listening to the complete overtures, written between 1772 and 1801, allows one to observe the evolution of the orchestra, which had not changed much since Jean-Baptiste Lully, and foretells the great orchestrations of Berlioz and Verdi.’

Patrick Gallois, conductor

Domenico CIMAROSA (1749–1801)
Overtures, Vol. 6
Il matrimonio segreto • Penelope
Artemisia • I traci amanti • L’impegno superato

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Patrick Gallois

Domenico Cimarosa’s operas were remarkably successful, being staged and re-staged in opera houses all over Europe. Success in his home town of Naples led to court appointments and royal commissions, including his best-known work Il matrimonio segreto (‘The Secret Marriage’) composed for Austrian emperor Leopold II. Other hits include L’impegno superato (‘The Broken Engagement’), an instant success and soon to become one of the most frequently performed of Cimarosa’s comic works, and Penelope that was produced as far away as London in 1817. The Cantata per Ferdinando IV was, however, written as an act of repentance, Cimarosa having made the mistake of backing the failed republican government in 1799.

About the Artists
Flautist/conductor Patrick Gallois has been invited to appear as a soloist with major orchestras in Europe and in Asia, and in leading international festivals, with tours to Germany, Japan and Israel, and annual masterclasses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In 2003 he was appointed musical director of the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä and toured regularly with the orchestra. Gallois has a wide repertoire both as a conductor and a flautist and, with a predilection for contemporary music, many new works have been dedicated to him.
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is ranked amongst the world’s leading representatives of Czech musical culture. It often performs at the most prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic and venues throughout Europe, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg. Outside Europe the orchestra has performed in Japan and toured extensively around America. Aside from concerts, the orchestra regularly engages in operatic and theatre projects.
Previous releases in the Cimarosa Overtures series
‘The Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia play up a storm in every one of these delightful classical concoctions, and the sound is good.’
Classical Lost and Found
‘Rewarding interpretations that summon respect for the composer as well as admiration for the performers.’
‘This recording illustrates Cimarosa’s melodic invention and rhythmic vitality in overtures.’
WQXR (New York)
‘The performances are very good. The playing is fleet-footed or pensive when necessary, and the conductor maintains good control.’
American Record Guide
‘What this [disc] offers is simply a wealth of well-made instrumental music that is very much of its time and is performed with considerable élan.’ ★★★★
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