Domenico Cimarosa was one of the last great exponents of the Neapolitan School of opera. In his time, he was one of the best known and most performed composers pre-Rossini. His operas were widely performed across Europe, and Cimarosa himself was transported to Russia following his appointment to the court of Catherine the Great. Living from 1749 to 1801, however, his significance and a deserved place in posterity were inevitably challenged by the towering figures of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Raymond Bisha presents Vol. 5 in the Naxos series of Cimarosa’s overtures to his operas and cantatas, bringing the composer once more front-of-stage.
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