Magazine article Gramophone

Lima: 'Rabbia, Furor, Dispetto'

Magazine article Gramophone

Lima: 'Rabbia, Furor, Dispetto'

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Lima

'Rabbia, furor, dispetto' Eneo in Tracia--Sinfonia. Teseo--excerpts. Lo spirito di contradizzione--Sinfonia. La vera costanza--Sinfonia Monika Mauch sop Ensemble Concentus Peninsulae / Vasco Negreiros Paraty (F) PARATY715134 (58' * DDD * T/t)

Jeronimo Francisco de Lima (1741-1822) was sponsored by Joseph I of Portugal to study for six years in Naples at the Conservatorio di S Onofrio a Capuana. Upon his return to his native Lisbon he composed serenatas and operas for the royal court. The city's opera house had not been rebuilt after the catastrophic earthquake of 1755 but musical entertainments were performed in various palaces, including the court theatre at Salvaterra de Magos (the winter palace where the royal family spent each carnival season).

Vasco Negreiros directs what appears to be the first-ever recording dedicated to Lima's music, which has clear traces of the Neapolitan school (eg Jommelli) and occasional hints of Haydnesque charisma. The strings of Concentus Peninsulae can sound acerbic and these performances are sometimes rough and ready, but I enjoyed the bucolic oboes and bassoon contributions to the Sinfonia from Teseo (1783). …

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