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The Death of Giuseppe Sammartini

Donald Macleod traces Giovanni Sammartini's involvement in the new Accademia Philharmonica.

Donald Macleod traces Giovanni Sammartini's involvement in the new Accademia Philharmonica.

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 established a new school of oboe playing in England and he composed many works for this instrument. He also composed a number of concertos and sonatas for other woodwind instruments such as his Flute Concerto in C major and his Sonata in F minor for recorder and basso continuo. He was both teacher and an active performer, but he died in 1750, leaving his estate to his brother Giovanni.

By the time of Giuseppe's death, his younger brother Giovanni had made a significant name for himself as a composer. Milan, where he lived, was the leading Italian city for instrumental music and Giovanni made a big impact with his symphonies. Giovanni Sammartini was also very active in other musical ways. Having given up on the world of the theatre and opera, he started to petition the authorities to establish a new orchestra: the Accademia Philharmonica.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini

    Symphony in A major J-C 62

    Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • Naxos: 8557298.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini

    Sicut erat, from Magnificat in B flat major

    Choir: Budapest Madrigal Choir. Ensemble: Budapest Strings. Conductor: Ferenc Szekeres.
    • Hungaroton: HCD31259.
    • Naxos.
    • 18.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Arminio - opera

    Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco. Director: Alan Curtis. Singer: Dominique Labelle.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS : 62-400.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • 2.
  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini

    Concerto in B flat major for organ Op 9

    Ensemble: La Risonanza. Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni. Director: Fabio Bonizzoni.
    • Glossa: GCD921505.
    • Naxos.
    • 9-12.
  • Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini

    Concerto in C major, transc. ? for flute & strings [orig. for violincello piccol

    Performer: Jean‐Pierre Rampal. Performer: I Solisti Veneti. Conductor: Claudio Scimone.
  • 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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