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Cimarosa – Il matrimonio segreto (Barenboim) [1976]

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Cimarosa – Il matrimonio segreto (Barenboim) [1976]

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1. Cara, Non Dubitar
2. Lusinga, No, Non C' E
3. Io Ti Lascio, Perche Uniti
4. Eccoche Qui Sen Vien
5. Orsu, Pui Non Si Tardi
6. Udite, Tutti Udite
7. Signora Sorellina, Ch'io Le Rammenti
8. Le Faccio Un Inchino
9. Chetatevi, E Scusatela
10. E Vero Che In Casa Io Son La Padrona
11. Prima Che Arrivi Il Conte
12. Senza Tante Cerimonie
13. Certo Sarete Stanco
14. Sento In Petto Un Freddo Gelo
15. Piu A Lungo La Scoperta
16. Carolina, Son Tutto Vostro - Brillar Mi Sento Il Core
17. Si, Coraggio Mi Faccio
18. Signor, Deh Concedete...
19. Oh, Carolina
20. Perdonate, Signor Mio
21. Tu Mi Dici Che Del Conte
22. Lasciatemi, Signore, Non State A Infastidirmi
23. Silenzio, Silenzio, Che Vien Mio Fratello
24. Orsu, Saper Conviene
25. Questa Invero E Curiosa
26. Se Fiato In Corpo Avete
27. Ecco Che Or Ora Scoppia
28. Sento, Ahime Che Mi Vien Male
29. Vanne, Vanne, La Seguita
30. Pria Che Spunti In Ciel L'aurora
31. Qua Nulla Si Conclude
32. Son Lunatico, Bilioso
33. Ebben- Sei Persuasa
34. Cosa Farete- Via, Su, Parlate
35. Dunque Andra In Un Ritiro
36. Come Tacerlo Poi, Se In Un Ritiro
37. Dove- Dove, Mia Cara
38. Deh Lasciate Ch'io Respiri
39. Sarete Or Persuasa
40. Se Son Vendicata
41. Il Parlar Di Carolina
42. Deh, Ti Conforta, O Cara
43. Sortite, Sortite
44. Carolina, Fuori, Fuori...
45. Ascoltate Un Uom Di Mondo

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) – Geronimo, a wealthy merchant; 
Julia Varady (soprano) – Elisetta, his elder daughter, promised in marriage to the Count; 
Arleen Auger (soprano) – Carolina, his younger daughter, secretly married to Paolino; 
Julia Hamari (contralto) – Fidalma, Geronimo’s sister, widow; 
Alberto Rinaldi (baritone) – the Count; 
Ryland Davies (tenor) – Paolino, young clerk to Geronimo
English Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim - conductor


On Brilliant Classics 93962; 3 CD's; One of Barenboim's finest achievements is this recording, a set on which the singing is so gorgeous, that the listener is completely enraptured by the entire performance. Fischer-Dieskau and Varady play and sing their hearts out, while Auger's duets with Varady are among the most beautiful examples of buffa singing on record. The superb Ryland Davies, Alberto Rinaldi, and Julia Hamari make up the remainder of this outstanding cast on this outstanding recording. "Il Matrimonio Segreto" is a delightful opera which deserves to be much better known that it is. This set has been licensed by Brilliant Classics from Deutsche Grammophone for its Brilliant Opera Collection series. ---Editorial Review, amazon.com


Cimarosa already had strong ties to the Viennese imperial court, and when he arrived in the city in 1791 he quickly took a leading role. When Joseph II died, Salieri gave up his day to day duties in the opera house, and turned his attention to other forms of music. To help take up the slack, Cimarosa was appointed Kapellmeister, and Leopold quickly commissioned him to write a new opera for the court theater.

The piece he came up with was the comedy Il Matrimonio Segreto -- The Secret Marriage. The opera's story came from an English play by George Coleman and David Garrick, called The Clandestine Marriage, which premiered in 1766 at London's Drury Lane Theater, not far from today's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The opera's libretto was written by Giovanni Bertati, whose rivalry with Mozart's famous librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte caused a bit of backbiting. Da Ponte praised Cimarosa's music for the opera, while declaring that opera's "words fell very far below expectations, and everyone is dissatisfied." But while Bertati's work on the whole may not have risen to the standards of Da Ponte's best efforts, The Secret Marriage was an undisputed hit, leaving the emperor satisfied enough that he ordered an immediate encore of the entire opera, after a quick break for dinner.

For the time being, Cimarosa rose to the top of the class in the unforgiving world of Viennese opera. Il Matrimonio Segreto was premiered at Vienna's Burgtheater in 1792. By 1800 the city had seen more than 70 performances of the score. Within two years of its premiere the opera had also been performed in cities all across Europe, including Leipzig, Paris, Florence and Lisbon, and by the early 19th century it had been translated into nearly a dozen languages. --- worldofopera.org

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