Vienna 1773: the Italian theater was in poor financial conditions and Emperor Joseph II, more and more interested in theatrical happenings as artistic and political elements, increasingly integrated in the events related to this institution.
It was commonly known to all the Viennese that theatrical and opera productions should have a new outburst and about that increasing protection a young Italian composer of only 23 years, Antonio Salieri, was receiving by the Emperor.
His fate as Italian opera Kapellmeister greatly depended on his behaviour during this crucial moment but it was also true that he was, by now, sound enough thanks to his important opera seria Armida, to two successful works La fiera di Venezia and to one of the first comic masterpieces of his career: La Locandiera by Carlo Goldoni.
Smaller instrumental compositions can be found in his limited catalogue like an organ concert, one for flute and oboe, a triple concerto and ,finally, the two piano concertos of this record. […] (Translation by Chiara Damia)
Antonio Salieri: (b Legnago, 18 Aug 1750; d Vienna, 7 May 1825). Italian composer, mainly resident in Vienna. A major contributor to and shaper of Viennese musical life from 1770 to 1820, he also composed successful operas in Italy and Paris, and won admiration from German operagoers as a composer who, in the words of one contemporary critic, ‘could bind all the power of German music to the sweet Italian style’. Share this:
Sinagra, Domenico (Conductor)
Catena, Costantino (Pianist)
Orchestra del Conservatorio D.Cimarosa di Avellino