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Composed by Baldassarre Galuppi. Classical. CD. Naxos #GB2318-3. Published by Naxos (NX.GB2318-3).
Item Number: NX.GB2318-3
Baldassarre Galuppi (1706-1785), a Venetian composer who, besides working in various Italian cities (but never in Naples, despite the great success his operas enjoyed in that city), went to London in 1741 (Haymarket Theatre) and to St. Petersburg in 1768, summoned by Catherine of Russia to be her court chapel-master. Once back in Venice, he ended his long and fruitful life bathed in honors, working mostly on sacred music. Although his production was extremely varied (for instance, his harpsichord compositions), Galuppi was known above all for his operas. Active and prolific in both types of Italian traditional musical theatre, this composer - known as Buranello from the island in the Venetian lagoon where he was born - gave his best work to comic opera, to which he was able to impose his very personal style. L'Amante di tutte (Every girl's lover), a comic opera in three acts, was first performed in Venice in 1760, on a libretto by a certain A. Liteo, known to the world as Antonio Galuppi, son of the great composer. This opera includes all the main stylistic characteristics of Galuppi's art, starting with his concentration on the action and rhythm of the staging. Galuppi was able to give his comic opera production different stylistic rules than those of traditional serious opera; he realized the need for a different approach, with the arias (the highest moment in serious opera) reduced in favor of a greater characterisation of the protagonists, concentrating more on the comic elements, constantly fed by irony and wit. The present release showcases L'Amante di tutte, performed by a star-studded cast alongside the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana.