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Salieri: The Chimney Sweep

Magazine article Gramophone

Salieri: The Chimney Sweep

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Salieri The Chimney Sweep Stuart Haycock ten                                            Volpino Alexandra Oomens sop                                            Lisel Amelia Farrugia sop                                          Mrs Hawk Janet Todd sop                                              Miss Hawk Christopher Saunders ten                                      Mr Wolf David Woloszko bassMr                                            Bear David Hidden bar                                               Tomaso 

Pinchgut Opera; Sydney Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Antipodes / Erin

Helyard

Pinchgut Live [F] (2) PG005 (91' * DDD)

Recorded live at the City Recital Hall, Sydney, July 2014

Premiered at Joseph II's new German National Theatre in April 1781, Salieri's The Chimney Sweep (Der Rauchfizngkehrer) is an agreeably frothy compound of slapstick and soft-edged satire. True to the Singspiel genre, the servants--chimney sweep Volpino and his lover, Lisel the cook--run rings round their improbably gullible social superiors. Disguised as an Italian nobleman-cum-singing teacher, Volpino ('little wolf') makes both Mrs Hawk and her stepdaughter fall hopelessly in love with him, then succeeds in 'selling' the ladies back to their lovers, Bear and Wolf, to enable him to marry Lisel. The silly plot prompts apt, tuneful, if not always distinctive music: slight buffo ditties for Volpino and Lisel, a comic catalogue aria for Bear, parodies of the heroic seria style for the ladies and brief, skilfully wrought ensembles. …

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