Cimarosa - Paër
IL Maestro Di Cappella
The bass Fernando Corena (born 22 December 1916 in Geneva, died 26 November 1984 in Lugano) belongs among those very few Swiss singers who achieved triumphal success in the most important opera houses of the world. He had a broad repertoire that was dominated by comic roles, and Francesco Corena became identified with that rare type of voice known as the basso buffo, in which a rich timbre was underlaid with a quite remarkable humoristic, comic note, yet without ever losing a sense of noblesse. From the 1930s onwards, Fernando Corena enjoyed a long, close relationship with Radio Monteceneri (he was at the time a member of the Coro della Radio della Svizzera italiana under Edwin Loehrer). One result of this relationship was the present recording of the short comic operas Il Maestro di cappella by Domenico Cimarosa and Ferdinando Paer. In the 18th century, musical parodies of capellmeisters, theatre directors and primadonnas were highly popular, a fact that is reflected in numerous works for the music theatre. Both the intermezzo comico entitled Il Maestro di Cappella by Domenico Cimarosa (1886.1792) and the short opera of the same title by Ferdinando Paer (1821) belong to this genre.
Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801), Ferdinando Paër (1771-1839)
Fernando Corena (Basso buffo), Jacqueline Martel (Sopran), Luigi Pontiggia (Tenor), Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera italiana, Leopoldo Casella (Leitung).
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