This delightful intermezzo per musica in two acts - recounting the old story of a naïve young nobleman and of a sly girl who, after a series of squabbles and pranks, following the best of traditions, declare eternal love to each other and decide to get married - has pleased audiences ever since its first performance at the San Samuele theatre in Venice in 1750, and is here recorded for the first time. At that time the intermezzo was already a well-defined and self-standing music form, detached from opera seria, with which, originally, it had been combined. It was also, however, in a declining phase and nearing its disappearance. And yet L'uccellatrice by Niccolò Jommelli enjoyed many performances (Leipzig, 1751; Bologna, Ravenna and Vicenza, 1753; Parma, 1756; Florence, 1760; Pescia, 1772) and was even translated into French, with the score adapted and enlarged.
Little is known about the Italian Antonio Brioschi (ca. 1700-ca. 1750), other than he was a prolific composer. With about fifty symphonies to his credit, he apparently was active near Milan during the same time as Giovanni Sammartini. During his lifetime, his popularity was widespread as copies of his instrumental works can be found in libraries from Moscow to the United States, with about half of his symphonic output neatly preserved in the Parisian `Bibliotheque nationale de France'.