Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801, Italian)

If you look at his dates, Cimarosa fits snugly between Haydn (1732-1809) and Mozart (1756-1791). He retains an existence on the musical stage and in the minds of the music lovers mainly through a few of his comic operas, among which Il Matrimonio Segreto is the most famous. But he also wrote wonderful keyboard sonatas, a sort of bridge between those of Scarlatti and Haydn. I’ve reviewed the recordings of Marcella Crudeli on Arcobaleno and Roberte Mamou on Pavane Records. Other than that, his six flute quartets, recorded by Loïc Poulain and members of the Dolezal Quartet of Prague in 1988 on Adda 581031, is inconspicuous background music.

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