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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2020

Orchestral playing by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is excellent, more than up to the requirements of the music. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Gil French
American Record Guide, May 2020

This is Volume 6 in Naxos’s survey of overtures by Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801). Talk about prolific!

The performances themselves are fine. Patrick Gallois, famed flutist become conductor, makes the regional orchestra from Pardubice play with solid ensemble, excellent tuning, and firm pulse and rhythm… © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2020

Reference books will inform you the Italian-born composer, Domenico Cimarosa, composed eighty operas, this being the sixth volume of his complete overtures.

Recent research has suggested that he may well have employed help to meet deadlines imposed upon him, and that would have been entirely possible with the overtures as they frequently had little in common with the opera that followed. In length and content they came close to a truncated symphony, and even for opere buffe they were frequently serious. The most extensive and dramatic opera, Achille all’assedio di Trola (Achilles at the Siege of Troy), being almost ten minutes in length, and the release includes overtures to both versions of Gli Orazi e I Curiazi in its three act version for Venice in 1797, and in two acts for Paris in 1800. Though he had few ‘failures’, he equally did have few outstanding successes, the opening track being his most famous opera, Il matrimonio segreto, the disc ending with his equally popular Il maestro di cappella in a new orchestration by Simone Perugini, there being no definitive autograph score. Not all were intended for opera, Cantata per Ferdinando IV, being hastily written when Cimarosa found himself having, politically speaking, supported the ‘wrong side’, and was now looking towards King Ferdinando for his future status. Probably his masterpiece in the gender of dramatic opera was Artemisiabut he never heard it, Cimarosa dying in 1801 the week prior to the first performance. My own favourite overture is the sparkling L’imprudante fortunato (The Impudent but Lucky Man) composed for the Roman carnival season in 1797, which is about all that is known of the opera. The Czech Orchestra, with the conductor, Patrick Gallois, are in good form, though Penelope obviously tested the horn team. The sound seemingly comes from an appropriately small theatre. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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