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Domenico Cimarosa (1749–1801) wrote more than 80 operas, setting a well-trodden stage for Rossini to follow in his footsteps. Volume 5 in our survey of the overtures to these operas and other works is released this month. As with Volume 3, the performances are conducted by Naxos Artist Patrick Gallois:

“Patrick Gallois ensures that even with limited forces Cimarosa’s use of color gets underlined wherever possible … it’s easy to understand why Cimarosa’s undemanding style achieved such wide popularity in his lifetime.”

CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 5
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Domenico CIMAROSA (1749–1801)
Overtures, Vol. 5
Atene edificata • Componimento drammatico
La bella Greca • Il marito disperato

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Patrick Gallois

Domenico Cimarosa was one of the last great exponents of the ‘Neapolitan School’ and one of the most famous and successful composers before the arrival of Rossini on the European opera scene. His works were produced and re-staged at innumerable performances in opera houses all over Europe. This programme represents the extraordinary range of Cimarosa’s career, from Le trame deluse (The Foiled Schemes) and La villana riconosciuta (The Country Girl Revealed), which were among his greatest hits, to overtures from cantatas such as Atene edificata (The Founding of Athens) and the ‘dramatic composition’ for Cardinal de Bernis, written on the occasion of the birth of the Dauphin, the firstborn son of Louis XVI.

Watch the video trailer:
Listen to an extract from
the overture to Atene edificata

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about this release

About the Artists
Patrick Gallois
Patrick Gallois belongs to the generation of French musicians leading highly successful international careers as both soloist and conductor. For twelve years after establishing his own orchestra in Paris, the Académie de Paris, Patrick Gallois developed a conducting career which has taken him to Japan, Scandinavia, Italy, Portugal, the United States and Bulgaria, in addition to appearances in France. In 2003 he was appointed Musical Director of the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä and toured regularly with the orchestra.
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, founded in 1969, is one of the Czech Republic’s leading orchestras. The orchestra often performs at the country’s most important festivals, including the Prague Spring International Festival, the Smetana Litomyšl and the International Český Krumlov Festival, and at the many important venues in Europe. Outside Europe the orchestra has played in Japan and has toured extensively around America.
Previous releases in the Cimarosa Overtures series
Overtures, Vol. 1

Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Amoretti
“Amoretti and the [orchestra] play up a storm in every one of these delightful classical concoctions, and the sound is good.”
Classical Lost and Found
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Overtures, Vol. 2

Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Mallon
“Rewarding interpretations that summon respect for the composer as well as admiration for the performers.”
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Overtures, Vol. 3

Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Patrick Gallois
“The Sinfonia Finlandia plays with consistent alertness and transparency.”
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Overtures, Vol. 4

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Halász
“The performances are very good. The playing is fleetfooted or pensive when necessary, and the conductor maintains good control.”
American Record Guide
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