Cimarosa: 30 Sonatas, arrangements for guitar

Cimarosa: 30 Sonatas, arrangements for guitar
Composer Domenico Cimarosa
Artist Claudio Giuliani guitar
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94172
EAN code 5028421941721
Release January 2011

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About this release

Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) was one of the most famous and successful Italian composers of the late 18th century. Renowned for his operas, of which one Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage) was rivalled in popularity only by Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and is still in the repertoire today. Cimarosa was a fine composer, with a fluent melodic gift, and this is apparent in other areas of his output. He composed some 88 keyboard sonatas during the years he spent at the court of Catherine the Great in St Petersburg (1787-91), and were probably intended as study pieces for wealthy female students at court.

These short, ‘Scarlatti-proportioned’ sonatas reveal the melodic vein and rhythmic vitality that made Cimarosa’s operas so popular. This music is not in any way influenced by Haydn’s or Clementi’s sonatas of the period. Cimarosa chose a simpler Neopolitan style of writing. This makes them ideally suited to the guitar as these transcription by Claudio Giuliani reveal.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2009.
- Valuable additions to the classical guitar repertoire.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata C 2: Andantino
  2. Sonata C 3: Minuè
  3. Sonata C 4: Allegretto
  4. Sonata C 5: Allegretto
  5. Sonata C 9
  6. Sonata C 14
  7. Sonata C 15
  8. Sonata C 16: Andante
  9. Sonata C 17: Andante
  10. Sonata C 18: Allegro
  11. Sonata C 19
  12. Sonata C 20: Andante
  13. Sonata C 21: Allegro
  14. Sonata C 22: Andante
  15. Sonata C 23
  16. Sonata C 24
  17. Sonata C 25: Andante
  18. Sonata C 33: Andantino
  19. Sonata C 34: Allegro
  20. Sonata C 35: Allegro
  21. Sonata C 36: Allegro
  22. Sonata C 37: Andantino
  23. Sonata C 47: Allegro
  24. Sonata C 49: Larghetto
  25. Sonata C 50: Allegro
  26. Sonata C 53: Allegro
  27. Sonata C 55: Largo
  28. Sonata C 56: Allegro
  29. Sonata C 58: Andantino grazioso
  30. Sonata C 61: Largo