NEW RELEASE FROM CONCERTO CLASSICS OUT ON 2ND DECEMBER
New release from Concerto Classics out on 2nd December: Pasquale Anfossi - Sinfonie & Ouverture.
Domenico Bonifacio Pasquale Anfossi was born in Taggia, in the province of Imperia, in 1727 and died in Rome in 1797. Amongst the protagonists of the Neapolitan Musical School, Anfossi, together with Tommaso Traetta, Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi and younger Giovanni Paisiello and Domenico Cimarosa, was a composer gifted with remarkable artistic sensibility and wrote seventy-six works, counting dramas, comic operas and intermezzi.
His name is strictly bonded to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who entrusted the Italian Maestro with considerable admiration, so much that he named him in his letters and was inspired by him to work on some themes: on the occasion of two representations in Vienna in 1783 and 1788, the genius from Salzburg wrote some arias for two of Anfossi’s operas, Il curioso indiscreto (The inappropriate curious) and Le gelosie fortunate (The fortunate jealousies).
Listening to the two composers, one could in fact observe significant resemblances: formal models, style of the voice-leading, harmonic coherence and straightforwardness, instrumentation usage knowledge, rhythmic inventiveness, clear and distinct juxtaposition of the thematic ideas, agogic brightness as well as the melodiousness of the andanti.
The clear and expressive style of Anfossi, together with lively rhythmic movements and optimal instrumentation, credited him with the fame of being one of the most capable composers of his time.
Through a long and meticulous research work, lasted several months, we managed to regather his manuscripts, preserved in various libraries from all over the world (Italy, Switzerland, France, Sweden, UK and US).
The world premiere recording of the Symphonies & Ouvertures selection included in the CD occurred in Prague on September 16th 2022 with the prestigious Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Alessandro Fabrizi.
The CNSO Studios in Prague have been and still are to this date among the favorite destinations for many distinguished composers and performers both Italian and international: first and foremost Maestro Ennio Morricone, who on many occasions recorded his masterpiece works destined for cinema in these studios; but also tenors Andrea Bocelli, Vittorio Grigolo, Placido Domingo, José Carreras and great Hollywood composers such as Michael Kamen, Lalo Schifrin and Luis Bacalov have recorded in Prague with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.