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Philidor: Carmen Saeculare; Overtures - Antonio Abete (bass); Donald Litaker (tenor); Nora Gubisch (mezzo-soprano); Veronica Cangemi (soprano);...
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  1. Simphonie No. 27 in G major (Ouverture: Le maréchal ferrant)
  2. Carmen Saeculare, secular oratorio
  3. Le sorcier, opera: Ouverture
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Like Chevalier de Saint-Georges, François-André Danican Philidor gained fame both as a composer and a sportsman. In addition to his facility as a composer of opera and as a pioneer in the field of opéra-comique, Philidor was the most famous chess master of his era, celebrated for his ability to win games while blindfolded. While this has kept Philidor's great chess playing manual Analyse du jeu des échecs in print for more than two and a half centuries, very little of his music has been recorded. This is due to the fact ...