According to the notes in this marvelous Naxos recording of the 18th century Italian composer, Giovanni Sammartini's six (6) very enjoyable symphonies, Sammartini was a very prolific composer writing many operas and symphonies. Although he was born in Milan and spent his entire life there, Sammartini must have had some exposure to the music of the day because these symphonies are splendid and are, to me, filled with the glories of 18th century musical compositions. They remind me a lot Of C.P.E. Bach's symphonies with driving fast movements along with melancholy, deeply felt slow movements.
The six (6) symphonies on this recording are splendidly played by the Aradia Ensemble on "original instruments" sounding really terrific. Kevin Mallon leads the Ensemble fabulously. I particularly enjoyed the symphonies in C minor and D minor--so dramatic with very touching slow movements. The recorded sound is great too.