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See latest reviews of other albums..., January 2017

…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 by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice under Patrick Gallois. © 2017 Read complete review

Blair Sanderson, January 2017

…Cimarosa’s operas and cantatas have become quite obscure, their overtures provide the best chance of a revival, even though the bulk of them are seldom performed or recorded. They are typically light and spirited, and similar in flavor to Mozart and Rossini, especially in their tunefulness, elegance, and cheerfulness. © 2017 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), December 2016

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 program of overtures represents the extraordinary range of Cimarosa’s career. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2016

We have reached the fifth release in the complete opera overtures composed by Domenico Cimarosa, one of the most prolific Italian theatre composers of his era. It is said that he wrote some eighty works in this genre embracing both comic and serious subjects, though recent research suggests that others helped him achieve the many deadlines imposed upon him, while he was not averse to borrowing from his earlier scores. At that time, it was customary to write ‘overtures’ in the form of a two or three movement sinfonia, and these were often quite serious even when used to introduce a comedy, and were, as often as not, ‘stand alone’ orchestral works, the present release containing examples of his music in all of these very differing modes. He was also active in the field of choral works, Atene edificata and Componimento drammatico, being the symphonic opening to two cantatas, the Componimento, composed to celebrate the birth of the first son of Louis XVI, a particularly fine work in three movements, and much in the style of Mozart. Just to confuse matters, La bella Greco was also staged under the title I matrimoni impensati, while Cimarosa often gave his operas alternative titles. Even in his lifetime, he enjoyed very differing degrees of success, La villana riconosciuta (The Country Girl Revealed) enjoying performances in many of Europe’s leading opera houses, the overture being a forerunner of Rossini’s opera buffa. The disc ends with four cheerful overtures from the 1780’s in the shape of those that become ‘conventional’ in the 19th century. The Czech Chamber Philharmonic are in fine form, and I would imagine Patrick Gallois has struck the right tempos and moods that would have pleased the composer. Chamber sized acoustic achieves inner clarity. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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