Gassmann: Opera Overtures (Naxos Audio CD)

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Catalogue No: 8570421
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Department: CDs - Classical CDs: Orchestral

Publisher: Select Music

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• If the career of the Bohemian composer Florian Leopold Gassmann (1729-1774) had not been cut cruelly short by his death resulting from a fall from a carriage, his name might be a good deal better known today for he was an accomplished composer of attractive, well-wrought operas that occupy an important place in the history of Venetian and Viennese 18th-century opera.

• This recording features a selection of Gassmann’s overtures, including those for three of his most popular operas, Il viaggiatore ridicolo (The Ridiculous Traveller), L’amore artigiano (Love in the Workplace) and La contessina (The Young Countess).

• Following the fast-slow-fast pattern typical of the mid-eighteenth century opera, these works are noteworthy for their bright cheerful themes, lovely lyrical writing and sensitive orchestration.


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Opera Overtures

La notte critica (The Critical Night) (Hill 143);
Gli uccellatori (The Birdcatchers) (Hill 123);
Filosofia ed amore (Philosophy and Love) (Hill 125);
La casa di campagna (The Country House) (Hill 65);
La contessina (The Young Countess) (Hill 153);
Il viaggiatore ridicolo (The Ridiculous Traveller) (Hill 137);
Il filosofo innamorato (The Philosopher in Love) (Hill 157);
L’amore artigiano (Love in the Workplace) (Hill 138);
Un pazzo ne fa cento (One Madman Makes Many) (Hill 127);
Le pescatrici (The Fisherwomen) (Hill 159)