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Sammartini: Sonate Per Flauto E Basso Continuo / Steger


Release Date: 12/11/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 905266   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Maurice StegerSergio CiomeiMauro ValliMargaret Köll,   ... 
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're looking for an expertly played and beautifully recorded program of pleasant Baroque flute works, you can't go wrong here. Flautist Maurice Steger and colleagues deliver consistently captivating performances of these always charming if occasionally less-than-inventive sonatas--although a few could qualify as minor masterpieces. Fast movements are handled with dashing virtuosic speed; the slower ones are exquisitely delicate and soulful. Arguably, the most fascinating, memorable moments of the program occur in the second and third movements of the 23rd sonata, where Sammartini's inspiration approaches that of his better-known, near-exact contemporary Antonio Vivaldi.

Harmonia Mundi's sound is audiophile quality with
Read more carefully balanced instruments captured in a complementary space that preserves detail and projects a full-bodied ensemble presence. It's doubtful a better case can be made for this music.

--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (12) for Flute and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 3 in E minor by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Maurice Steger (Recorder), Sergio Ciomei (Organ), Mauro Valli (Cello),
Margaret Köll (Harp)
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736-1737; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Sonatas (27): Sonata no 21 in B flat major by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord), Naoki Kitaya (Positive), Maurice Steger (Alto Recorder)
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Sonatas (12) for Flute and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 4 in G major by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Naoki Kitaya (Positive), Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo), Maurice Steger (Soprano Recorder),
Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord), Christian Beuse (Bassoon),
Margaret Köll (Harp)
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736-1737; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Solos (6) for Flute/Violin/Oboe and Basso Continuo, Op. 13: no 5 in G minor by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Margaret Köll (Harp), Mauro Valli (Cello), Maurice Steger (Alto Recorder),
Sergio Ciomei (Positive)
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Solos (6) for Fl/Vn/Ob and Bc, Op. 13: no 1 in G major by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord), Maurice Steger (Alto Recorder), Naoki Kitaya (Positive)
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Solos (6) for Flute/Violin/Oboe and Basso Continuo, Op. 13: no 4 in G major by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo), Margaret Köll (Harp), Maurice Steger (Soprano Recorder),
Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord), Christian Beuse (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
Sonatas (27): Sonata no 21 in F major by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Naoki Kitaya (Positive), Christian Beuse (Bassoon),
Margaret Köll (Harp), Mauro Valli (Cello), Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord),
Maurice Steger (Alto Recorder)
Conductor:  Maurice Steger
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 15 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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