GIUSEPPE SAMMARTINI: Sonatas for Recorder and Bass Continuo – Maurice Steger, recorders & director – Harmonia Mundi

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GIUSEPPE SAMMARTINI: Sonatas for Recorder and Bass Continuo – Maurice Steger, recorders & director – Harmonia Mundi HMC 905266, 72:39 ****:

This is the brother of the better-known Giovanni Battista Sammartini, considered one of the fathers of the modern symphony. Giuseppe was a virtuoso of the Baroque oboe. He traveled to the court of the Prince of Wales in London and finding that recorder sonatas were popular in England, wrote a sizeable batch of them.  Here are seven of the tuneful and original-sounding works which retain the Italian style.

Steger is a terrific virtuoso; one can rest assured there will never be one of those clams that can be so painful with recorder music.  He is surround by a sextet of top players on harpsichord, organ, harp, cello, guitar, theorbo and bassoon, and the sonics are clean and sparkling. The first two sonatas are three-movement works, then it moves to a four-short-movement form.  Delightful Baroque music concert!

 – John Sunier

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