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LUIGI CHERUBINI  

(1760 - 1842)

The Italian composer Cherubini came to occupy a dominant position in French musical life. He was employed at the Conservatoire in Paris on its foundation and from 1822 was director of the institution, retaining this position until the year of his death. His works include compositions for the stage, for the church and for political purposes, a requirement of the turbulent revolutionary years.

Operas

Cherubini wrote some 30 operas and of these Les Deux Journées, now seldom heard, had influence on Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. The opera Médée, first staged in Paris in 1797, remains in occasional repertoire, with the aria ‘Ah, nos peines’ providing a popular soprano operatic recital item.

Sacred and Ceremonial Music

Cherubini was able to make full use of his contrapuntal skills, founded in Italian tradition, for his church music, notably in his 1816 Requiem for the anniversary of the death of Louis XVI, a work that later composers took as a model for the genre. He wrote a quantity of music for the celebrations of the new post-Revolutionary regime, and for its successor, once the monarchy was restored.

Instrumental Music

Cherubini’s instrumental music includes a symphony, commissioned in 1815 by the London Philharmonic Society. Many of his other instrumental works are marches, music for various ceremonial occasions.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BBC LEGENDS - Great Recordings from the Archive, Vol. 1 (20 CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5113
Orchestral
BBC LEGENDS - Great Recordings from the Archive, Vol. 2 (20 CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5141
Orchestral
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Callas, Monti, La Scala, Votto) (1957) Naxos Historical
8.111284-85
Opera
CALLAS, Maria: Callas at La Scala (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80046
Opera
CAPPELLA COLONIENSIS (1954-2004) Capriccio
C49382
Choral - Sacred, Vocal
Chamber Music - CHERUBINI, L. / CAMBINI, G.M. (String Trios) (Trio Hegel) Tactus
TC740001
Chamber Music
CHERUBINI, L.: Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn / Symphony (Cappella Coloniensis, Ferro) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix175
Vocal, Orchestral
CHERUBINI, L.: Mass in A Major / Chant sur la mort de Haydn (Ferro) Capriccio
C10614
Vocal, Choral - Sacred
CHERUBINI, L.: Mass in A Major / Chant sur la mort de Haydn (Schmiege, Hill, Barbacini, Cologne Chamber Choir, Cappella Coloniensis, Ferro) Capriccio
C8013
Vocal, Choral - Sacred
CHERUBINI, L.: Medea (Callas, Vickers, Carlyle, Cossotto, Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, Rescigno) (1959) ICA Classics
ICAC5110
Opera
CHERUBINI, L.: Requiem No. 1 in C Minor / Marche funebre (Radio Svizzera Choir and Orchestra, Fasolis) Naxos
8.554749
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
CHERUBINI: Sposo di tre e marito di nessuna (Lo) (Thrice Betrothed, Never Wed) Dynamic
CDS503
Opera
CHERUBINI: Symphony in D Major / Opera Overtures Naxos
8.557908
Orchestral
Choral Music (Sacred) - SCHUBERT, F. / BRAHMS, J. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / VERDI, G. / MONTEVERDI, C. / BRUCKNER, A. / MOZART, W.A. / GRIEG, E. Capriccio
C49341
Choral - Sacred
Dialogue for Two Organs Naxos
8.557131
Instrumental
HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti Grossi - Opp. 3, 6 (Linde) Capriccio
C10610-11
Choral - Sacred
Harp Recital: Ciccozzi, Antonella - VIOTTI, G.B. / PAISIELLO, G. / CLEMENTI, M. / POLLINI, F. / CHERUBINI, L. Tactus
TC752201
Instrumental
Horn Recital: Joy, Andrew - HAYDN, J. / ROSETTI, A. / PUNTO, G. / CHERUBINI, L. / DANZI, F. Capriccio
C10837
Orchestral
INCOMPARABLE CELIBIDACHE (THE) (5 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1152BD
Classical Concert
MESSEN (Masses) - MOZART, W.A. / HAYDN, G.F. / SCHUBERT, F. / WEBER, C.-M. von / BEETHOVEN, L.V. / CHERUBINI, L. / GOUNOD, C.-F. Capriccio
C7161
Choral - Sacred
MOZART: Symphony No. 39 / SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 2 (Celibidache) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0978D
Classical Concert
Opera Arias - GLUCK, C.W. / MOZART, W.A. / CHERUBINI, L. / BELLINI, V. / VERDI, G. (Bel Canto) (Aliberti, Baltsa, Bergonzi, Bonisolli, Bumbry) Orfeo
C321931Z
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Bumbry, Grace - VERDI, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / MASSENET, J. / GLUCK, C.W. / CHARPENTIER, G. / CHERUBINI, L. Orfeo
C081841A
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Gruberová, Edita - MOZART. W.A. / STRAUSS, R. / BELLINI, V. / CHERUBINI, L. / THOMAS, A. Orfeo
C101841A
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Rysanek, Leonie - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / SMETANA, B. / CHERUBINI, L. / WAGNER, R. / STRAUSS, R. Orfeo
C696072I
Opera
Opera Arias (Tenor): Wunderlich, Fritz - CHERUBINI, L. / GLUCK, C.W. / HANDEL, G.F. / HOLZBAUER, I. / RIGHINI, V. (Mozart Contemporaries) SWR Classic
SWR19059CD
Opera
Opera Overtures (18th Century) - VIVALDI, A. / SAMMARTINI, G. / LEO, L. / VINCI, L. / TRAETTA, T. (Italian Operatic Overtures, Vol. 1) Dynamic
CDS7761
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Italian) - LOCATELLI, P.A. / MARCELLO, A. / GEMINIANI, F. / PAISIELLO, G. / CHERUBINI, L. (Cappella Coloniensis, Ferro) Capriccio
C10628
Orchestral
Orfeo 40th Anniversary Edition - Legendary Voices (Baltsa, Bergonzi, Fischer-Dieskau, Bonisolli, Bumbry, Fassbaender, Gruberová, Várady, Stoyanova) Orfeo
C200021
Opera
Organ Recital: Giacomelli, Gabriele - ISAAC, H. / MALVEZZI, C. / CAVALIERI, E. de' (L'Organo a Firenze dai Medici All'Unità D'Italia) Tactus
TC860002
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 13 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262802
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SCHWARZ, Gerard: Gerard Schwarz Collection (The) (30-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.503294
Orchestral
WUNDERLICH, Fritz: Rarities from Opera and Operetta SWR Classic
CD93.093
Opera




 
 
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