Domenico Cimarosa’s operas were remarkably successful, being staged and re-staged in opera houses all over Europe.
Success in his home town of Naples led to court appointments and royal commissions, including his best-known work Il matrimonio segreto (‘The Secret Marriage’) composed for Austrian emperor Leopold II.
Other hits include L’impegno superato (‘The Broken Engagement’), an instant success and soon to become one of the most frequently performed of Cimarosa’s comic works, and Penelope that was produced as far away as London in 1817.
The first volume (8.570508) in appeared in 2007, and was immediately welcomed as ‘a golden opportunity to make the acquaintance of some of the most spirited music of the late 18th century’ by MusicWeb International.
Vol. 2 (8.570279) was admired by Fanfare for ‘rewarding interpretations that summon respect for the composer as well as admiration for the performers’.
Vol. 3 (8.572734), also conducted by Patrick Gallois, was a WQXR New York ‘album of the week’ in September 2013.