The first recordings of late symphonies by G.B. Sammartini, ‘the father of the classical style’. Although Sammartini laid the foundations of the symphony his works are virtually unknown. In Italy the Arcadia Foundation seeks to correct this. The Sammartini project set out to publish and catalogue the composer’s works. Another aim is to perform and record previously unpublished works, including the late symphonies.
There are 68 symphonies attributed to Sammartini with certainty. Another 74 might be by him as well. This release is the first of two volumes containing four late symphonies and a quintet.
Stylish performances by the Accademia d’Arcadia on period instruments under Alessandra Rossi Lürig. These first recordings offer a most enjoyable and interesting insight into this unjustly neglected composer.