EGIDA
GIORDANI
SARTORI

Harpsichordist


Biography           Audio           LP Discography           CD Discography


Biography

Egida Giordani Sartori, often considered the dean of Italian harpsichordists, dedicated her life to the revival and popularization of this instrument.

She was born in 1910 and began piano studies at the age of three with her mother. By the time she was four she gave a recital for a member of the Savoia royal family. At five she was the youngest student ever admitted to the Benedetto Marcello Music School in Venice, where she performed in a famous violin/piano duo with Nino Sanzogno, another young prodigy. Personal difficulties and World War II interrupted her musical activities. Eventually, she discovered the harpsichord and attended Ferruccio Vignanelli's course at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. Her first harpsichord recital was in Prague.

Sartori performed in many important European cities, both as soloist and in collaboration with other eminent artists, including the conductors Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Eugen Jochum, Peter Maag, Goffredo Petrassi and Domenico Bartolucci, and noted singers Toti dal Monte, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Schipa and Boris Christoff. She formed the ensembles Trio Antico, Musicorum Arcadia and Complesso strumentale di Venezia for the performance of chamber music.

She made a number of recordings for VOX, FRATELLI FABBRI and PHILIPS. Her famous collaboration with Arthur Grumiaux in Bach’s Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord for PHILIPS was awarded the Edison Prize. She also recorded programs for the RAI and several other European radio networks, including cycles of Frescobaldi, Scarlatti and Galuppi for the BBC.

Sartori played an important role in the discovery of the harpsichord and its repertoire. Her musicological research shed new light on 18th century Venetian music, particularly that of Galuppi. She taught harpsichord at conservatories in Venice, Milan and Rome, and for twenty years she gave masterclasses and concerts on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore near Venice. These programs were organized through l’Associazione Clavicembalistica Italiana, which she founded and directed, and were made possible by the generous support of the Fondazione G. Cini. Sartori died in 1999.

Sartori's book, Le mie memorie con Toti Dal Monte, relates memories of her close friendship with the legendary soprano Toti dal Monte, as well as experiences from her own childhood.

A new biograpy of Sartori has recently been published: Cronaca di una favola chiamata musica. Biografia artistica di Egida Sartori (1910-1999).


Sartori, circa 1918.


Sartori and Toti dal Monte, 1950.


Sartori, 1970.


Listen to Sartori

Domenico Cimarosa

Sonata in A major

Sonata in G minor

Sonata in F major

from   FRATELLI FABBRI EDITORI   iGM 042


78 Discography

SUPRAPHON

  • D 22979
    Frescobaldi: Toccata in G minor


LP Discography

ANGELICUM

  • STA 8953
    THE ART OF BRUNO GIURANNA [Marais: Five Old French Dances for Viola and Harpsichord] - with Bruno Giuranna, viola

BENTLER
  • BE/SO 3005
    Bach: Italian Concerto (BWV 971), Handel: Chaconne in G major (HWV 435), Monteverdi: Il lamento di Arianna - with Ginevra Vivante, soprano

CETRA SORIA
  • CS 1
    Petrassi: Sonata da camera for harpsichord and ten instruments (1948), Milhaud: L'Apothéose de Molière (Suite on themes by Baptiste Anet), Vlad: Divertimento for eleven instruments - with the Radio Chamber Orchestra of Rome directed by Carlo Maria Giulini
    Recorded July 9, 1949 in Rome, Italy.

FRATELLI FABBRI EDITORI
  • SdM 019
    Scarlatti: Five Harpsichord Sonatas (K. 208, 18, 175, 30, 3), A. Scarlatti: Toccata in G minor
    Recorded on a Neupert harpsichord. 7" LP.

  • SdM 020
    Couperin: Les fastes de la grande et ancienne ménestrandise, Rameau: Tambouin, Le Rappel des Oiseaux, L'Indiscrète, La Timide
    Recorded on a Neupert harpsichord. 7" LP.

  • iGM 042
    Scarlatti: Eleven Harpsichord Sonatas (K. 20, 24, 9, 64, 115, 107, 140, 202, 380, 481, 477)
    Recorded in Milan, Italy.

  • iGM 057
    Frescobaldi: Toccata Prima (from "Il Secondo Libro di Toccate"), Toccata Nona, non senza fatiga si giunge al fine (from "Il Secondo Libro di Toccate"), Balletto Terzo - Corrente del Balletto - Passacagli (from "Il Primo Libro di Toccate"), Capriccio sopra la Battaglia (from "Il Primo Libro di Toccate")
    Recorded in Milan, Italy.

  • iGMsc 147
    Cimarosa: Five Harpsichord Sonatas (G Major, G minor, A Major, A minor, F major)
    Recorded on a Neupert harpsichord.

  • iGMsc 162
    Couperin: Pièces de clavecin [Passacaille, Les folies françoises - ou Les dominos, Troisième prélude, Septième prélude, Les papillons, Le rossignol-en-amour, Le moucheron, Le tic-toc-choc - ou Les maillotins]
    Recorded on a Neupert harpsichord.

  • iGMsc 175
    Galuppi: Three Harpsichord Sonatas (C major, G major, A minor), "Toccata per il cembalo" in D minor, Pastorale in F major, "Divertimento per il cembalo" in G major
    Recorded on a Neupert harpsichord.

PHILIPS
  • A 00316 L
    Marcello: Six Sonatas for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord (Op. 1) - with Janos Scholz, viola da gamba

  • A 00333 L
    Galuppi: Eight Harpsichord Sonatas (C major, D minor, B flat major, D major, C minor, A flat major, D major, C major)

  • A 00334 L
    Frescobaldi: Toccata I (from "Il Secondo Libro di Toccate"), Aria detta La Frescobalda, Partite (12) sopra l'aria di Ruggiero, Rossi: Corrente VIII - Corrente X - Toccata VII (from "Libro di Toccate e Corrente"), Pasquini: Toccata con lo Scherzo del cucco, Partite diverse di follia, A. Scarlatti: Toccata in A major, Toccta in G minor

  • A 00385 L
    LE NUOVE MUSICHE [Luzzaschi: Aura soave (from "Madrigali per cantare et sonare" 1601), Caccini: Non più guerra - Movetevi a pietà - Vedrò 'l mio sol - Perfidissimo volto - Sfogava con le stelle - Fortunato augellino - Filli mirando il cielo (from "Le nuove musiche" 1601), Peri: In qual parte del ciel - Tutto 'l di piango - O durezza di ferro - Lungi dal vostro lume - Se tu parti da me - Ma se resti al mio ben - Chi più cara t'havrà (from "Le varie musiche" 1609), da Gagliano: Ov'unque irato Marte - Valli profonde - Pastor levate su (from "Musiche a una, due e tre voci" 1616)] - with Ingy Nicolai, soprano; Claudia Carbi, mezzosoprano; Alfredo Nobile, tenor

  • A 00472 L
    Scarlatti: Thirteen Harpsichord Sonatas (K. 37, 87, 132, 159, 206, 239, 262, 301, 394, 492, 513, 194, 545)

  • A 04400 L
    Galuppi: Six Harpsichord Sonatas (D major, D minor, A major, E-flat major, D major, E major)

  • A 04803 L
    CONCERTO ALL'ITALIANA [Pergolesi: Sonata da camera No. 2 in B-flat major, Albinoni: Trio Sonata in E minor (Op. 1, No. 11), Giordani: Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in D major, Porpora: Sinfonia da camera in A major] - with Musicorum Arcadia (Alberto Poltroniere, Tino Bacchetta, violins; Mario Gusella, cello)
    All works revised by Egida Giordani Sartori.

  • 835 227-28 LY
    Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (BWV 1014-1019) - with Arthur Grumiaux, violin
    Recorded June 1963 (BWV 1014, 1016, 1017) and September 1963 (BWV 1015, 1018, 1019).

  • 835 231 AY
    Bach: Six Concertos for Solo Harpsichord after Vivaldi (BWV 972, 973, 975, 976, 978, 980)

  • 835 300 LY
    Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Gloria - Agnes Giebel, soprano; Marga Hoffgen, contralto; Chorus and Orchestra Teatro La Fenice, Venice; directed by Vittorio Negri
    Recorded October 1964 at the Cathedral of San Marco, Venice, Italy.

  • 835 301 LY
    Vivaldi: Magnificat, Te Deum - Agnes Giebel, soprano; Marga Hoffgen, contralto; Chorus and Orchestra Teatro La Fenice, Venice; directed by Vittorio Negri
    Recorded October 1964 at the Cathedral of San Marco, Venice, Italy.

  • 837 917 LY
    Scarlatti: Twelve Harpsichord Sonatas (K. 175, 481, 140, 213, 64, 477, 115, 523, 202, 208, 518, 519)

  • 837 918 LY
    IMAGES POUR LE CLAVECIN [Couperin: Les fastes de la grande et ancienne ménestrandise, Bach: Capriccio (BWV 992), Byrd: La bataille, Speranza: Uccellaja, Pasquini: Toccata con lo Scherzo del cucco]

VOX
  • PL 9010
    Bach: Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (BWV 1027-29) - with Janos Scholz, viola da gamba

  • VBX 36
    Corelli: Twelve Trio Sonatas (Op. 3), Twelve Trio Sonatas (Op. 4) - with Musicorum Arcadia (Alberto Poltroniere, Tino Bacchetta, violins; Mario Gusella, cello; Gianfranco Spinelli, organ)

  • VBX 37
    Corelli: Twelve Church Sonatas (Op. 1), Twelve Trio Sonatas (Op. 2) - with Musicorum Arcadia (Alberto Poltroniere, Tino Bacchetta, violins; Mario Gusella, cello; Gianfranco Spinelli, organ)


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PHILIPS   A 04400 L


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FRATELLI FABBRI EDITORI   iGM 042


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VOX   PL 9010


CD Discography

FONDAZIONE GIORGIO CINI

  • FGC 001-2000
    Galuppi: Harpsichord Music [Divertimento in E major, Sonata in G minor, Sonata in F major, Toccata in D minor, Pastorale in F major, Sonata in D major, Sonata in B-flat major]
    Recorded 1979-80 in Venice, Italy, during Sartori's harpsichord courses.

PHILIPS
  • PHCP 9639-40 (Japan)
    Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (BWV 1014-1019) - with Arthur Grumiaux, violin
    Recorded June 1963 (BWV 1014, 1016, 1017) and September 1963 (BWV 1015, 1018, 1019).

WARNER FONIT
  • WFO 50466-3127
    Petrassi: Sonata da camera for harpsichord and ten instruments (1948), Milhaud: L'Apothéose de Molière (Suite on themes by Baptiste Anet), Vlad: Divertimento for eleven instruments - with the Radio Chamber Orchestra of Rome directed by Carlo Maria Giulini
    Recorded July 9, 1949 in Rome, Italy.


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FONDAZIONE GIORGIO CINI   FGC 001-2000



Egida Giordani Sartori, circa 1963.


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