12 August 2017

Another unknown composer of the classical era, and a woman: Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen (1745-1818). Her dates make her the contemporary of Carl Stamitz and a near-contemporary of Brunetti (another notable unknown, see my review of his Three Symphonies by Concerto Köln on Capriccio and my previous blog posts), Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Boccherini, Cambini, Kozeluch, Cimarosa; it also places her midway between Haydn (born 1732) and Mozart (1756) – and se outlived them all, too.Very enjoyable Six Quartets, recorded in 1994 by the Allegri Quartet on Cala. They were originally published in 1769, which makes them contemporary with Haydn’s opus 9, considered to have established the genre and form of the string quartet

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