Giuseppe Sammartini

Biography

Born: January 6, 1695 in Milan, Italy   Died: November 23, 1750 in London, England   
A younger contemporary of J.S. Bach, Giuseppe Sammartini is generally recognized as one of the more significant composers of concertos and sonatas during his time. An oboist, it is likely that he played the flute and recorder as well: indeed, among his vast instrumental output, there are 24 sonatas for flute (or violin) and bass, 30 trios involving flute, and his best-known composition is the Concerto in F for recorder. Oddly, though he wrote Read more chamber works and a concerto for oboe, he produced substantially less for his chosen instrument.

Born in Milan, Sammartini was the son of French oboist Alexis Saint-Martin and older brother of the better-known composer (and also oboist) Giovanni Battista Sammartini. Young Giuseppe's first instruction likely came from his father, and by 1711 the two brothers were performing together in an orchestra. Giuseppe's first surviving compositions date to the mid-1710s and include the aforementioned Oboe Concerto in F major, which was published in Amsterdam around 1717.

Around the time of that publication, Giuseppe and Giovanni became members of a Milan orchestra and by 1720 they had joined that city's Regio Ducal Theater orchestra. In 1729, Giuseppe departed Italy for Brussels, where he remained briefly before traveling to London, the city he would settle in for the remainder of his career.

He was already recognized in England as a promising composer, owing to the publication there of his 12 Trio Sonatas in 1727. But it was his musicianship on the oboe that made him a celebrity in the English capital. In the 1730s Sammartini played in Handel's orchestra and performed in many productions of Handel's operas, including that of Arminio, which features difficult obbligato writing for the oboe in the Act II aria, "Quella fiamme."

In 1736 Sammartini was appointed music teacher in the household of Prince Frederick of Wales. His duties included instructing the Prince's wife Augusta and her children in music, and undoubtedly involved many private chamber music performances before the Prince and his retinue. Sammartini held this post until his death. This final decade-and-a-half was apparently a very happy time for him: many of his works date to this period, some carrying dedications to the Prince (12 Sonatas, Op. 1; 1736) and to Augusta (12 Trios, Op. 3; 1743). Sammartini died at the household of the Prince during the week of November 17, 1750. Read less
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  • 1.
    Italian Operatic Overtures, Vol. 1: The 18th Century
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7761 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Leonardo Leo,  Leonardo Vinci  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Augusto Ciavatta,  Antonio Florio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Camerata del Titano  ... 
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    Antonio Vivaldi & Contemporaries: Virtuoso Recorder Concertos / Harvey
    Label: Altus Records (Wyastone Sub)   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Jacques-Christoph Naudot,  Charles Avison
    Performer:  Richard Harvey,  Monica Huggett,  Roy Goodman
    Conductor:  David Woodcock,  Monica Huggett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Vivaldi Orchestra
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Ličge
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    Les Triomphes De Jean-pierre Rampal
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631358 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Edith Picht-Axenfeld,  Piano] Edith [Harpsichord Picht-Axenfeld  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Jean-François Paillard,  Karl Ristenpart,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
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    Tesori di Napoli - Recorder Sonatas 1707-1733 / Rothert, Quintavalle
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98028 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Leonardo Leo,  Nicolo Fiorenza,  Giovanni Antonio Piani  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Rothert,  Luca Quintavalle
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    Fiori Musicali
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Lorena Espina,  Alexandra Uhlig,  Robert Buschek,  Klemens Sander  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Birnbaum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    The Virtuoso Recorder 2: Sammartini, Fiorenza, Mancini, Tartini
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777316 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Nicolo Fiorenza,  Francesco Mancini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Academica Frankfurt
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    The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Italy / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2015 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolo Porpora  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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    Passion And Craftsmanship: Baroque Chamber Music From Both Sides Of The Alps
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: CAV Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Turini,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Unico Graf Van Wassenaer,  Carolus Hacquart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Amsterdam
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    Sammartini: Concertos & Overtures / Les Muffatti
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Benoît Laurent
    Conductor:  Peter Van Heyghen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Muffatti
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    Sammartini: Concertos / Suppa, Bianchi, Ferrigato, Quaranta
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 8003 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Donatella Bianchi,  Paolo Ferrigato,  Francesco Quaranta
    Conductor:  Paolo Suppa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici Ambrosiani
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    Giro d'Italia - Tour of Italy / Musica Alta Ripa
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3091617 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Baldassare Galuppi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Alta Ripa
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    Sonatas For A German Flute
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24191 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Siebe Henstra,  Rainer Zipperling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Buffardins
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    Vivaldi, Corelli, Marcello: Recorder Sonatas / Michala Petri
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412632 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diogenio Bigaglia,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Benedetto Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  George Malcolm
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    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2563 Release Date: 10/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Mancini,  Giovanni Bononcini  ... 
    Performer:  Saxophone Baroque Stuttgart
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    Vivaldi: Concertos Op 10;  Sammartini / Michala Petri
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68543 Release Date: 05/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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    Fire Beneath My Fingers / Musica Pacifica
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90704 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Giuseppe Tartini
    Performer:  Michael McCraw,  Elizabeth Blumenstock,  Judith Linsenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
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    Baroque Recorder Concertos / Pamela Thorby, Sonnerie
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 217 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Matthew Halls,  Emilia Benjamin,  Alison McGillivray,  Katherine McGillivray  ... 
    Conductor:  Monica Huggett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
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    Corelli & Co. / Dan Laurin, Parnassus Avenue
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 945 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Gaetano Boni,  Benedetto Marcello,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Dan Laurin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Avenue Baroque
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    G. Sammartini: Sonatas Für Blockflöte / Mediolanum Ensemble
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77252 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Wiebke Weidanz,  Felix Koch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Mediolanum
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  • 22.
    Sammartini: Flute Sonatas, Etc / Rebel, Caprice Ensemble
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22273 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Matthias Maute,  Sophie Larivičre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
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    Sammartini: Six Solos Op 13 / J. M. Anciuti Ensemble
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 691902 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anciuti Ensemble
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    Vivaldi, Sammartini, Telemann, Handel: Recorder Concertos / Michala Petri
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 400075 Release Date: 12/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 25.
    Night Music 4 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556604 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Alexander Jablokov,  Jana Novakova,  Gabriela Krcková  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Bohdan Warchal,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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