Giuseppe Sarti

Biography

Born: December 1, 1729; Faenza, Italy   Died: July 28, 1802; Berlin, Germany  
In an age when the demand for Italian musicians throughout Europe was at its peak, Giuseppe Sarti had an exceptionally successful and varied international career. Sarti, nicknamed "Il Domenichino," was primarily known as a composer of serious and comic operas. In the late eighteenth century, when comic opera was the musical entertainment of choice and the popularity of serious opera was in decline, his opere serie attained high acclaim. Read more Franz Joseph Haydn admired his operas. Sarti was also a distinguished composer of sacred music; an accomplished contrapuntist, he mingled his mastery of polyphony with operatic effects.

Born in Faenza, Sarti went to study with the famed educator and composer Padre Martini in Bologna at the age of 10. He wrote his first opera, Pompeo in Armenia, in 1752, and a trip to Copenhagen the following year as the director of an opera troupe led to his appointment by King Frederik V of Denmark as court kapellmeister in 1755. During a three-year sojourn starting in 1765, he staged dramatic works throughout Italy and briefly became maestro di coro at Ospedalle della Pieta in Venice. Until his final departure from Denmark after a political dispute in 1775, he took on a series of roles at court, chapel, and theater. Upon his return to Italy, Sarti won the title of maestro di capella of Milan Cathedral in 1779, and his operas were mounted in numerous European cities. Among the pupils attracted by his renown was Cherubini. In 1784, at Catherine the Great's invitation, Sarti traveled to St.Petersburg to succeed Paisiello as director of the Imperial Chapel. Intrigues led to his estrangement from court, though he was immediately engaged by Prince Potemkin. In a village in Ukraine awarded him by the Prince, he founded a singing school. After being reinstated at the St. Petersburg court in 1793, he was made director of a conservatory in the Italian mold, where he invented an apparatus to measure pitch.

Sarti absorbed local trends in his years abroad. In Copenhagen, he wrote Danish singspiels; in Russia, he incorporated French operatic elements of the kind fashionable at court, and utilized Russian folk music in dramatic works written in the vernacular. He was sensitive to instrumental color and was quick to exploit exotic instruments like the serpent when they were available. His music, which fell into oblivion after his death, displayed forceful contrasts and an expansive approach to tonal, modal, and chromatic elements. Read less
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  • 1.
    Lasst Uns Das Kindlein Wiegen / Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83383 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cornelius Freundt,  Georg Joseph Vogler,  Hartwig Zisich,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Manja Stephan,  Margit SchultheiB,  Reinhold [Baritone (Vocal)] Schreyer-Morlock,  Jan [Tenor (Vocal)] Hubner  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
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    Richard Tucker - The Song And Cantorial Album Collection [14-CD Set]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544474 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ernesto De Curtis,  Emanuele Nutile,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Rodolfo Falvo  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  John Wustman,  John Huston,  Ben Irving  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Nicolas Flagello,  Sholom Secunda,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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    Cherubim & Seraphim / Leech, Harmonia Sacra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6187 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Alexander E. Varlamov,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Leech
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    In Paradisum: The Healing Power of Heaven / Schmidt, South Dakota Chorale
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49279 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Giuseppe Sarti,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Jesse Echbach
    Conductor:  Brian Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Dakota Chorale
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    L'Olimpiade - The Opera / Basso, Gauvin, Chryssicos, Venice Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5295 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Giuseppe Sarti  ... 
    Performer:  Romina Basso,  Franziska Gottwald,  Karina Gauvin,  Nicholas Phan  ... 
    Conductor:  Markellos Chryssicos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Sumi Jo - The Erato Recitals
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 666373 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Léo Delibes,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Anne Maugue,  Vincenzo Scalera,  Michael Davis  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Olmi,  Armin Jordan,  Kenneth Montgomery,  Giuliano Carella  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Ensemble,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Songs / Kevin Kyle
    Label: Jcl Records   Catalog: 515 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Roger Quilter,  Robert Schumann,  Giuseppe Sarti  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Kyle,  Daniel Grimwood
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    Cantus Sollemnis
    Label: Pilfink Records   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Anonymous,  Luigi Cherubini,  Giuseppe Sarti  ... 
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    Hail Cecilia  / Santa Fe Desert Chorale
    Label: Mesa Bluemoon   Catalog: 2079 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Henrique de Curitiba,  Carlos Guastavino,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Habermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
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    Amadeus & Vienna / Scaltriti, Rousset
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 458557 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti,  Giuseppe Gazzaniga,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Salieri  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Scaltriti
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Sarti: Miserere / Spiridonov, Baroque Soloists
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001032 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti
    Conductor:  Andrei Spiridonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Soloists
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  • 12.
    Cesare Valletti Sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, Etc
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1413 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Roger Quilter,  Norman Dello Joio  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Taubman,  Cesare Valletti
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    Orthodox Chant / Hillier, Estonian Philharmonic Choir
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 507318 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vasily Polikarp Titov,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Artemi Lukyanovich Vedel,  Nikolai Diletsky  ... 
    Performer:  Uku Joller,  Tiit Kogermann,  Juta Roopalu-Malk,  Vladimir Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    Let My Prayer Arise / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907457 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Antonio Zachara Teramo,  Matteo da Perugia,  Joannes Plousiadenos  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Hillier,  Paul Elliott,  Wolodymyr Smishkewych,  Aaron Sheehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    Arianna A  Naxos - Haydn, Mozart, Etc / David D. Q. Lee
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22326 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Giuseppe Sarti,  Antonio Caldara  ... 
    Performer:  David D. Q. Lee,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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    Sarti: Armida E Rinaldo / Berdondini, Banditelli, Lepre, Etc
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2351/2 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti
    Performer:  Anna Chierichetti,  Gloria Banditelli,  Federico Lepre,  Carla Brusini
    Conductor:  Marco Berdondini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marche Pro Arte Orchestra
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    Viva! Verdi - Donizetti, Bellini, Etc / Claudio Brizi
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 663 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Carlo Fumagalli,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Brizi
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    Sarti: Giulio Sabino / Dantone, Prina, Monti, Barker, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2246/7 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti
    Performer:  Sonia Prina,  Donatella Lombardi,  Richard Valentine Barker,  Giuseppe Filianoti  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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  • 19.
    The Soul Of Italy - Richard Tucker
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66309 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Ciampi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Francesco Durante  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  John Wustman
    Conductor:  Nicolas Flagello
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Chamber Ensemble,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Neapolitan Organ In The 18th Century Vol 1 / Sacchetti
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47153 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro A. Guglielmi,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Giovanni Paisiello,  Mattia Vento  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti
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  • 21.
    Renata Tebaldi - The New York Farewell Recital / Martin Katz
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1116 Release Date: 11/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Martin Katz
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  • 22.
    Ezio Pinza - Early Italian Songs;  Mozart: Arias And Duets
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9958 Release Date: 01/21/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Legrenzi,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Kitzinger,  Ezio Pinza,  Elisabeth Rethberg
    Conductor:  Giulio Setti,  Rosario Bourdon,  Bruno Reibold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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