Pasquale Anfossi(1727-1797) wrote seventy-six works, including dramas, comic operas, and intermezzi. He was admired by Mozart, who wrote several arias for two of Anfossi’s operas. And yet today he is all but completely forgotten.

Concerto Classics informs about this recording: « In months of meticulous research, we have succeeded in recovering his manuscripts, which are kept in various libraries around the world (Italy, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Great Britain and USA). » The CD consequently contains only world premiere recordings.

Conductor Alessandro Fabrizi manages to inspire his musicians to dynamic and powerful music-making with lush ornamentation and vivid colors. The expressive music, with its lively rhythms and colorful instrumentation, is performed in an accordingly attractive manner by the Czech orchestra. The orchestra plays freshly and with temperament, with a lot of melodic conciseness and an enchantingly elegant lightness. The result is a very fresh, extremely vital sound. And since these are world premiere recordings, one can only recommend this CD.

Remy Franck