Sammartini: Harpsichord Sonatas
Format: COMPACT DISC
Giovanni Battista Sammartini was without doubt the most active and prolific musician in Milan for three quarters of the eighteenth century. He was both a performer and a composer - of opera, sacred, symphonic and chamber works - but today he is mainly known for his contribution to the development of the modern symphony in the form later adopted and codified by Austro-German composers. The most original trait in his keyboard sonata works is the pursuit of variety and innovation within a consistent and logical context. The successions of contrasting rhythms produce enjoyable effects both for the performer and the listener. This release offers a significant selection of the approaches, technical solutions, styles and innovations used by Sammartini in his keyboard music. The programme does not follow chronological order but rather the performer’s personal criterion. A pianist and harpsichordist, Simonetta Heger teaches at the Conservatory of Milan. She is an active international concert performer on both instruments, as soloist and in ensembles. Her repertoire ranges from the 1600s to contemporary music.