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Giuseppe Sammartini Moves to London

Donald Macleod focuses on Giuseppe Sammartini's move to London, where he developed a career as an oboe player.

Donald Macleod follows Giuseppe Samartini's journey to London

Giuseppe was described as the greatest oboe performer the world had ever known, and Giovanni as the true father of the symphony; Donald Macleod explores the lives and music of the Sammartini brothers.

Giuseppe Sammartini decided to forge his career in England, where he arrived around 1727. His name was made known to the London public by the publication of a set of trio sonatas. Writing trio sonatas would be something Giuseppe did on and off throughout his career. Once in London, Giuseppe soon found himself developing a career as an oboe player. He'd often be required to perform a concerto or solo work between the acts of theatre performances, such as his Concerto in C major.

Giovanni Sammartini had, by the late 1720s and early 1730s, established himself as a composer of sacred works. He also ventured into other fields and, like his older brother, worked in the theatre. Giovanni composed the opera, Memet, which was successful enough to be performed a number of times after its premiere. His reputation was growing and students came to study with Giovanni, such as Gluck. His popularity was also spreading abroad and the famous composer, Vivaldi, was reported to conduct one of Sammartini's symphonies in Amsterdam.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini

    Symphony in D minor J-C 23

    Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • Naxos: 8557298.
    • Naxos.
    • 14-16.
  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini

    Se ben amano due cori, from Act II of Memet

    Singer: Daniela Uccello. Singer: Michel van Goethem. Orchestra: Camerata del Titano. Conductor: Augusto Ciavatta.
    • Dynamic: CDS386/1-3.
    • Dynamic.
    • 6.
  • Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini

    Concerto in C major for oboe and strings

    Performer: Benoît Laurent. Conductor: Peter Van Heyghen.
    • RAMEE : RAM 1008.
    • RAMEE.
    • 9.
  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini

    Deposuit potentes - Gloria Patri, from Magnificat in B flat major

    Singer: Klára Takács. Choir: Budapest Madrigal Choir. Ensemble: Budapest Strings. Conductor: Ferenc Szekeres.
    • Hungaroton: HCD31259.
    • Dynamic.
    • 16-17.
  • Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini

    Sonata in F major for recorder and continuo

    Performer: Michael Schneider. Performer: Karl Kaiser. Performer: Nicholas Selo. Performer: Sabine Bauer.
    • Deutesche Harmonia Mundi: 05472773232.
    • Deutesche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.

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