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Adrian Chandler and his period-instrument ensemble La Serenissima present The Italian Job, a feast of instrumental colour featuring oboes, bassoons, trumpets, trombone, timpani, strings and continuo, by some of the finest composers of the Italian baroque. The music on this recording comes from four cities with a rich musical heritage: Venice (Albinoni, Caldara, Vivaldi), Bologna (Torelli), Padua (Tartini) and Rome (Corelli).

‘The soloists and ensemble are superb and Adrian Chandler is very effective both as leader and soloist in the Tartini concerto. …they play with precision and passion, both readily evident on this new release.’

‘The Italian Job June 2017’ CD review American Record Guide

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    The Italian Job: Baroque Instrumental Music from the Italian States
    • Antonio Caldara Sinfonia for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, timpani, violin, strings & continuo in C (15.00)
    • Arcangelo Corelli Sinfonia to Santa Beatrice d’Este for strings & continuo in D minor (10.11)
    • Giuseppe Tartini Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in E, D 51 (16.49)
    • Antonio Vivaldi Concerto ‘alla rustica’ for 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G, RV 151 (4.16)
      Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 467 (11.11)
    • Tomaso Albinoni Concerto for 2 oboes, strings & continuo in F, Op 9/3 (11.07)
    • Giuseppe Torelli Sinfonia for 4 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 violins, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in C, G 33 (7.45)

    Rachel Chaplin and Gail Hennessy - Oboes
    Peter Whelan - Bassoon
    La Serenissima
    Adrian Chandler - Violin / Director

    Released: 2017


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The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi
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    Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons (Manchester version)
    4 concertos for violin, strings & continuo in E, g, F & f, RV 269, 315, 293, 297

    Concerto La Notte for bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat, RV 501
    Concerto for violin in tromba marina in D, RV 221
    Concerto per il Maestro Morzin for bassoon, strings & continuo in g, RV 496
    Concerto for violin in tromba marina in G, RV 311

    Adrian Chandler – violin & violin in tromba marina
    Peter Whelan – bassoon

Per Monsieur Pisendel 2

Various
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    Suonata à Solo fatto per Monsieur Pisendel for violin & continuo in A,
    RV 29
    Antonio VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)
    Sonata for violin & continuo in c
    Johann Georg PISENDEL (1687 – 1755)
    Sonata for violin & continuo in d
    Antonio MONTANARI (1676 – 1737)
    Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat, So 34
    Tomaso ALBINONI (1671 – 1751)
    Sonata for violin in a
    Johann Georg PISENDEL
     Suonata à Solo fatto per Monsieur Pisendel for violin & continuo in F,
    RV 19
    Antonio VIVALDI

    Adrian Chandler – violin
    Gareth Deats – ‘cello
    Thomas Dunford – theorbo
    Robert Howarth – harpsichord & organ

A Tale of Two Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi
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    I: 1717
    Sinfonia to L’Incoronazione di Dario for strings & continuo in C, RV 719
    Arias from Arsilda (RV 700) & L’Incoronazione di Dario (RV 719) for mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo
    Concerto Grosso Mogul for violin, strings & continuo in D, RV 208

    II: 1733
    Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat, RV 367
    Arias from Motezuma for mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo, RV 723
    Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in C, RV 191

    La Serenissima
    Sally Bruce-Payne, mezzo-soprano 
    Adrian Chandler, violin/director

Venice by Night

Various
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    Canzoni da Battello for soprano & continuo
    ANON.
    Sinfonia to La Vendetta d’Amore for trumpet, strings & continuo in C 
    POLLAROLO
    Sinfonia for strings & continuo in g, Si 7
    ALBINONI
    Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 477
    VIVALDI
    Fuga, o cappriccio con quattro soggetti for strings & continuo in d
    VERACINI
    Motet for soprano, strings & continuo
    LOTTI
    Sinfonia to Il Nome Glorioso for trumpet, strings & continuo in C
    ALBINONI
    Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in e, RV 278
    VIVALDI
    Sinfonia for trumpet, strings & continuo in D
    PORTA
    Scenes from Olimpiade and Motezuma for soprano, trumpet & strings
    VIVALDI

    La Serenissima
    Adrian Chandler – violin/director
    Mhairi Lawson – soprano
    Peter Whelan – bassoon
    Simon Munday – trumpet

The French Connection 2

Antonio Vivaldi
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    Concertos for flute, bassoon, violin, oboe and strings (79’03).

    Following on from the Gramophone Award winning Vivaldi – The French Connection, La Serenissima present the sequel Vivaldi – The French Connection 2.  Including 2 world-premiere recordings, this disc buzzes with excitement.

    • ‘Paris’ Concerto 2 for strings & continuo in e, RV 133
    • Concerto for violin, oboe, strings & continuo in F, RV 543
    • Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in a, RV 440
    • Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 473
    • Concerto Il Gran Mogol for flute, strings & continuo, RV 431a WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING
    • ‘Paris’ Concerto 11 for strings & continuo in G, RV 150
    • Concerto La Notte for flute, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo in g, RV 104
    • ‘Paris’ Concerto 8 for strings & continuo in d, RV 127
    • Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat, RV 365 WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

    Katy Bircher, flute
    Gail Hennessy, oboe
    Peter Whelan, bassoon
    Adrian Chandler, violin & director

Gods, Emperors & Angels

Antonio Vivaldi
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    Concertos for Recorder, Violin, Bassoon and Strings. Avie Records – AV2201

    • Concerto Conca for strings in B flat major, RV 163
    • Concerto for 2 violins in B flat , Op. 9/9, RV 530
    • Concerto for bassoon in a, RV 500
    • Concerto for sopranino recorder in a, RV 445
    • Concerto for 2 violins in B flat , RV 526 (reconstructed by A. Chandler)
    • Sonata for recorder, bassoon & continuo in a, RV 86
    • Concerto fragment for bassoon in d, RV 482
    • Concerto fragment for recorder in G, RV 312
    • Concerto L’Amoroso for violin in E, RV 271

    Pamela Thorby – recorders
    Peter Whelan – bassoon
    Adrian Chandler – violin/director
    Sara Deborah Struntz – violin

    “Chandler and his players match the extremes of Vivaldi’s musical imagination with chutzpah of their own. A real pleasure.” ***** (five stars)
    The Irish Times, May 2010

The French Connection

Antonio Vivaldi
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    Concertos for Flute, Violin, Bassoon and Strings

    Avie Records – AV2178 Total running time 75.16 mins

    • ‘Paris’ Concerto 5 for strings & continuo in C, RV114
    • Concerto for basson, strings & continuo in F, RV488
    • Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in C, RV185, op.4 No.7
    • Concerto for flute, strings, bassoon & continuo in G, RV438 (late version)
    • ‘Paris’ Concerto 1 for strings & continuo in g minor, RV157
    • Concerto fragment for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV468
    • Concerto fragment for flute, strings & continuo in e minor, RV432
    • Concerto for flute, violin, bassoon & continuo in F, RV100
    • ‘Paris’ Concerto 3 for strings & continuo in c minor, RV119
    • Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in D, RV211

    Katy Bircher – flute
    Peter Whelan – bassoon
    Adrian Chandler – violin/director

    “Chandler is an impeccably stylish soloist in two concertos. Throughout, he also directs La Serenissima in eloquently precise but excitingly spontaneous performances of unfailingly imaginative music.”
    The Sunday Times, July 2009

    “Vivaldi at his stylistic best… La Serenissima’s period instruments bring a smooth beauty to some of the composer’s most elegant music.” ***** (5 stars)
    Daily Express, June 2009

The Golden Age

Various
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    The Rise of the Northern Italian Violin Concerto: 1690-1740. Volume 3
    • Vivaldi Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, strings & continuo in F, RV569
    • Locatelli Concerto da Chiesa in c, Op 4/11
    • Locatelli Concerto for 4 violins, strings & continuo in F, Op 4/12
    • G.B. Sammartini Concerto à piú stromenti for 2 violins, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, strings & continuo in E flat, J73
    • Tartini Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat, D 117
    • Vivaldi Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, strings & continuo in D, RV562a

    Adrian Chandler – violin/director

    “His cadenza is finely conceived and executed – he is clearly a highly talented soloist as well as [a] skilful editor and director.”
    International Record Review, July /August 2008

    “The two enduring features of this series have been the fantastic sound of La Serenissima and the virtuosic confidence of its director, Adrian Chandler.”
    Early Music Review, August 2008

    “All works are executed with flair and passion by Adrian Chandler and his expert team of period-instrument specialists…”
    The Sunday Times, July 2008

Virtuoso Impresario

Antonio Vivaldi
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    The Rise of the Northern Italian Violin Concerto: 1690-1740. Volume 2
    • Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat, RV370
    • Arias for soprano, strings & continuo from La Constanza trionfante degl’amori e de gl’odii, RV 706 (Premier recordings)
    • Concerto for violin, 2 Violoncellos, strings & continuo in C, RV 561
    • Concerto/Sinfonia in e for strings & continuo, RV 134
    • Concert Senza cantin for violin, strings & continuo, RV 134
    • Arias for soprano, strings & continuo from La fida ninfa, RV 714
    • Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in E flat, RV 25

    Mhairi Lawson – soprano
    Adrian Chandler – violin/director
    Sarah McMahon, Gareth Deats – ‘cellos

The Dawn of the Virtuoso

Antonio Vivaldi
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    The Rise of the Northern Italian Violin Concerto: 1690-1740. Volume 1
    • Navarra Sinfonia/Sonata à 5 in C major, Sinfonia/Sonata à 5 in a minor
    • Composer X Laudate pueri Dominum à Voce Sola & 5 strumenti, RV Anh. 30
    • Legrenzi 3 Balletti e Corrente à 5 from Op 16
    • Albinoni Concerto lV à 6 in G, Op 2/8
    • Valentini Concerto Xl à 6 con quattro violini obligati in a, Op 7
    • Vivaldi Concert lll con violini solo obligato, Op3 – RV 580, Concerto X con quattro violini e violincello obligato, Op 3 – RV 580

    Mhairi Lawson – soprano
    Adrian Chandler – violin/director

L’Amore per Elvira

Antonio Vivaldi
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    Linn Records – CKD 281 Total running time 76.11 mins

    Antonio Vivaldi

    • Sonata ‘Graz’ (No.3) for violin & continuo in D, RV 11, (reconstruction Adrian Chandler)
    • Cantata Tremori al braccio for soprano & continuo, RV 799
    • Sonata for violin, cello & continuo in C minor, RV 83
    • Cantata Elvira, anima mia for soprano & continuo, RV 654
    • Sonata ‘Graz’ (No.2) for violin & continuo in B Minor, RV 37
    • Cantata Lungi dal vago volto for soprano, violin & continuo, RV 680

    Mhairi Lawson – soprano
    Adrian Chandler – violin
    Gareth Deats – ‘cello
    Eligio Quinteiro – theorbo
    Joseph McHardy – harpsichord

    “superbly stylish…sails off into the stratosphere”
    London Evening Standard

Music for the Chapel of the Pieta

Antonio Vivaldi
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    Vivaldi – Music for the Chapel of the Pieta

    Vocal Music and Sacred Concerti / AV2063

    • Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in F, RV 292
    • Laudate pueri Dominum for soprano, strings & continuo in c, RV 600
    • Concerto for violin, organ, strings & continuo in F, RV 542
    • Concerto fatto per la Solennita della S. Lingua di S. Antonio in Padova, 1712 for violin, strings & continuo in D (reconstruction: Adrian Chandler), RV 212
    • Salve Regina for soprano, violin, strings & continuo in F, RV 617
    • Concerto for violin, ‘cello, organ, strings & continuo in C, RV 554a

    Mhairi Lawson – soprano
    Adrian Chandler- violin/director
    Sarah McMahon – ‘cello
    Robert Howarth – organ

    Recorded: 2004

Vivaldi in Arcadia

Antonio Vivaldi
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    Concertos and Arias

    • Concerto for 2 violins, 2 ‘cellos, strings & continuo in G, RV 575
    • Concerto La Pastorella for 3 violins & continuo in D, RV 95a
    • Concerto for 3 violins, strings & continuo in F, RV 551
    • Arias from Dorilla in Tempe (RV 709) for soprano, strings & continuo
    • Concerto for 4 violins, viola & continuo in B flat, RV 553
    • La Cetra (MS) Concerto XII for 2 violins, strings & continuo (reconstruction: Adrian Chandler), RV 520
    • Concerto for 2 violins, 2 ‘cellos, strings & continuo in D, RV 564

    Soprano – Mhairi Lawson
    Violins – Adrian Chandler, Matthew Truscott, Sarah Sexton, Sarah Moffatt
    ‘Cellos – Sarah McMahon, Gareth Deats

    Recorded: 2003

Per Monsieur Pisendel

Various
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    Six Virtuoso Violin Sonatas of the Baroque

    • VIVALDI Suonata a Solo facto per Monsieur Pisendel in c, RV 6
    • ALBINONI Sonata a Violino Solo di me Tomaso Albinoni Composta per il Signor Pisendel in B flat, So 32
    • PISENDEL Sonata in D
    • ALBINONI Sonata in g, So 33
    • PISENDEL Sonata in e
    • VIVALDI Suonata a Solo facto per Monsieur Pisendel in C, RV 2
    • VIVALDI / PISENDEL Saraband in C

    Adrian Chandler – violin
    Gareth Deats – ‘cello
    Robert Howarth – harpsichord

    Recorded: 2002


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