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Early Symphonies for String Box set

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Work(s): Symphony In A major, J-C 88: Movement 1
  2. Work(s): Symphony In A major, J-C 88: Movement 2
  3. Work(s): Symphony In A major, J-C 88: Movement 3
  4. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins & bass in F major, Op.2/1, J-C 38: Movement 1
  5. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins & bass in F major, Op.2/1, J-C 38: Movement 2
  6. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins & bass in F major, Op.2/1, J-C 38: Movement 3
  7. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in C major, J-C 7: Movement 1
  8. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in C major, J-C 7: Movement 2
  9. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in C major, J-C 7: Movement 3
  10. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/8, J-C 37: Movement 1
  11. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/8, J-C 37: Movement 2
  12. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/8, J-C 37: Movement 3
  13. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D major, J-C 14: Movement 1
  14. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D major, J-C 14: Movement 2
  15. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D major, J-C 14: Movement 3
  16. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in B flat major, J-C 66b: Movement 1
  17. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in B flat major, J-C 66b: Movement 2
  18. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in B flat major, J-C 66b: Movement 3
  19. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/11, J-C 33: Movement 1
  20. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/11, J-C 33: Movement 2
  21. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/11, J-C 33: Movement 3

Disc: 2

  1. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 34: Movement 1
  2. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 34: Movement 2
  3. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 34: Movement 3
  4. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in G minor, J-C 59 (2 movements only): Movement 1
  5. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in G minor, J-C 59 (2 movements only): Movement 2
  6. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D major, J-C 15: Movement 1
  7. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D major, J-C 15: Movement 2
  8. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D major, J-C 15: Movement 3
  9. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in A major, J-C 65: Movement 1
  10. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in A major, J-C 65: Movement 2
  11. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in A major, J-C 65: Movement 3
  12. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39: Movement 1
  13. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39: Movement 2
  14. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39: Movement 3
  15. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39: Movement 4
  16. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/5, J-C 35: Movement 1
  17. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/5, J-C 35: Movement 2
  18. Symphony (Sonata) for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, Op. 2/5, J-C 35: Movement 3
  19. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in B flat major, J-C 66a: Movement 1
  20. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in B flat major, J-C 66a: Movement 2
  21. Symphony for 2 violins & bass in B flat major, J-C 66a: Movement 3

Disc: 3

  1. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 36: Presto
  2. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 36: Andante
  3. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 36: Allegro assai
  4. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in C minor, J-C 9: Allegro
  5. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in C minor, J-C 9: Affettuoso
  6. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in C minor, J-C 9: Allegro
  7. Symphony (Sinfonia No.5) for 2 violins & bass in A major, J-C 64: Movement 1
  8. Symphony (Sinfonia No.5) for 2 violins & bass in A major, J-C 64: Movement 2
  9. Symphony (Sinfonia No.5) for 2 violins & bass in A major, J-C 64: Movement 3
  10. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D minor, J-C 23: Allegro
  11. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D minor, J-C 23: Grave
  12. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in D minor, J-C 23: Presto
  13. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in B flat major, J-C 67: Movement 1
  14. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in B flat major, J-C 67: Movement 2
  15. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in B flat major, J-C 67: Movement 3
  16. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 32: Movement 1
  17. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 32: Movement 2
  18. Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in F major, J-C 32: Movement 3


Product Details

  • Performer: Riccardo Villani
  • Conductor: Daniele Ferrari
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Sammartini
  • Audio CD (November 20, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Nuova Era
  • ASIN: B0000036CJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on January 19, 2002
I was first introduced to the Sammartini brothers through Ensemble 415's album "Concerti & Sinfonie". I was particularly taken with G.B.'s symphonies (JC 14 & JC 39) and wanted more. This is it! Not just the two that had hooked me; but the entire repertoire.
These symphonies seem almost timeless; and somehow the "early" in the title gives the wrong impression. These are not simple compositions that this brings to mind; but the beginnings of the modern orchestra performances as we know them today. These works are truly a rare treat and will provide interesting fare that you'll be glad to visit time and again.
It will be easy to understand how Giovanni Battista received the title of "Father to the Symphony".
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I disagree with "Byrdmaniac's" review of this recording as being "boring." I have a fairly extensive collection of Sammartini's music. I wouldn't necessarily say that I Giovani di Nuova Cameristica is the best interpreter of Sammartini around, but to call this recording "boring" does it a great disservice. I have played it many times and never found it lacking vitality or energy. Also, as Byrdmaniac notes, this 3 CD set has pieces that one can get no other place.
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Apparently, this 3-CD set recorded in 1994 has been re-packaged by Nuova Era and is listed at a bargain price in the Marketplace. I have a number of Sammartini discs, including a Naxos recording of some of these works performed by Aradia Ensemble on modern instruments.

Presently reading a review by Jerry Dubins in the most recent issue of Fanfare - the performances are on period instruments (which is one reason that I will likely put this offering on my 'wish list') and the set is recommended by Dubins; thus, I believe the rating should be higher than the current average - although I've not heard the discs yet, I will be ordering the package soon and will report back (and adjust my rating accordingly).
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This is underrated music that deserves to be heard, but unfortunately these performances do not come close to doing it justice. Compared with many of the better baroque and early music ensembles, this group simply does not measure up. The performances rarely rise above the routine and frankly make the music sound boring (which it isn't). Very disappointing, especially as most of these works are not otherwise available.
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