Sammartini: Late Symphonies

Sammartini: Late Symphonies
Composer Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Artist Accademia d'Arcadia
Alessandra Rossi Lurig conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94356
EAN code 5028421943565
Release April 2012

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Giovanni Battista Sammartini occupied a key position in the development of the symphony. Born in 1701, 31 years before Joseph Haydn, he, like his younger Austrian colleague, has been described as ‘the father of the symphony’, although his name and compositions will be less familiar to listeners. Sammartini’s pioneering symphonies exerted a powerful influence over the emerging Mannheim School; here, young composers like Joseph Stamitz and J.C. Bach were to compose avant-garde works that evolved to become the standard four-movement model of the Classical symphony.

Much of Sammartini’s output was mislaid during the French occupation of Milan; scores ended up in Paris and Vienna, and a substantial quantity were destroyed during the Second World War. However, some sets of parts survived, which allow us to appreciate fully why Sammartini was admired by the young Mozart and, that most perceptive of music commentators, Charles Burney.

The last word is best left to Sammartini’s great Bohemian rival Josef Myslivecek, who, after hearing one of Sammartini’s symphonies, remarked, ‘I have now found the father of Haydn’s style’. Praise indeed.

Other information:
- Historically-informed recordings.
- Sammartini’s symphonies are graceful, transparent and highly melodious works, fresh and original.
- Historically informed performances by the Accademia d’Arcadia.
- Excellent liner notes by a specialist in this repertoire.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony in A, J-C- 63: I. Presto
  2. Symphony in A, J-C- 63: II. Andante piano
  3. Symphony in A, J-C- 63: III. Presto
  4. Symphony in D, J-C- 22: I. Presto
  5. Symphony in D, J-C- 22: II. Assai andante
  6. Symphony in D, J-C- 22: III. Allegrissimo
  7. Quintet No. 5 in E for 3 violins, viola, cello and basso continuo: I. Allegrissimo
  8. Quintet No. 5 in E for 3 violins, viola, cello and basso continuo: II. Allegrino
  9. Quintet No. 5 in E for 3 violins, viola, cello and basso continuo: III. Allegro moderato
  10. Symphony in E, J-C- 31: I. Allegro assai
  11. Symphony in E, J-C- 31: II. Andante
  12. Symphony in E, J-C- 31: III. Allegro spiritoso e brillante
  13. Symphony in A, J-C- 60: I. Allegro moderato
  14. Symphony in A, J-C- 60: II. Allegrino
  15. Symphony in A, J-C- 60: III. Allegro brillante

Disk 2

  1. Symphony in D, J-C- 11: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Symphony in D, J-C- 11: II. Andante
  3. Symphony in D, J-C- 11: III. Presto
  4. Symphony in E-Flat, J-C- 28: I. Allegro assai
  5. Symphony in E-Flat, J-C- 28: II. Andante allegrino
  6. Symphony in E-Flat, J-C- 28: III. Allegrissimo
  7. Symphony in D, J-C- 17: I. Spiritoso assai
  8. Symphony in D, J-C- 17: II. Andante allegrino
  9. Symphony in D, J-C- 17: III. Presto
  10. Symphony in G, J-C- 40: I. Presto
  11. Symphony in G, J-C- 40: II. Allegrino
  12. Symphony in G, J-C- 40: III. Presto
  13. Symphony in E-Flat, J-C- 26: I. Allegro assai
  14. Symphony in E-Flat, J-C- 26: II. Allegrino
  15. Symphony in E-Flat, J-C- 26: III. Allegrissimo