Monday, November 1, 2010

Antonio Vivaldi - The French Connection - La Serenissima




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    Gramophone Award in the baroque instrumental category

    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. 
    Daily Express (5 star), June 2009




    01. Paris Concerto 5 for strings & continuo in C, RV 114 - 1 Allegro 02:41
    02. Paris Concerto 5 for strings & continuo in C, RV 114 - 2 Adagio 00:24
    03. Paris Concerto 5 for strings & continuo in C, RV 114 - 1 Ciacona 03:09
    04. Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in F, RV 488 - 1 Allegro non molto 03:11
    05. Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in F, RV 488 - 2 Largo 02:57
    06. Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in F, RV 488 - 3 Allegro 02:19
    07. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in C, RV 185, Op. 4 No. 7 - 1 Largo 01:56
    08. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in C, RV 185, Op. 4 No. 7 - 2 Allegro 02:13
    09. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in C, RV 185, Op. 4 No. 7 - 3 Largo 01:32
    10. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in C, RV 185, Op. 4 No. 7 - 1 Allegro 02:22
    11. Concerto for flute, strings, bassoon & continuo in G, RV 438 (late version) - 1 Allegro 03:52
    12. Concerto for flute, strings, bassoon & continuo in G, RV 438 (late version) - 2 Andante 03:26
    13. Concerto for flute, strings, bassoon & continuo in G, RV 438 (late version) - 3 Allegro 03:25
    14. Paris Concerto 1 for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157 - 1 Allegro 02:14
    15. Paris Concerto 1 for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157 - 2 Largo 01:38
    16. Paris Concerto 1 for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157 - 3 Allegro 02:25
    17. Concerto fragment for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 468 - 1 Allegro 02:35
    18. Concerto fragment for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 468 - 2 Andante 01:44
    19. Concerto fragment for flute, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 432 - 1 Allegro 03:05
    20. Concerto for flute, violin, bassoon & continuo in F, RV 100 - 1 Allegro 02:40
    21. Concerto for flute, violin, bassoon & continuo in F, RV 100 - 2 Largo 02:31
    22. Concerto for flute, violin, bassoon & continuo in F, RV 100 - 3 Allegro 02:39
    23. Paris Concerto 3 for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119 - 1 Allegro 02:47
    24. Paris Concerto 3 for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119 - 2 Largo 01:33
    25. Paris Concerto 3 for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119 - 3 Allegro 01:36
    26. Concerto for violin, strings, continuo in D, RV 211 - 1 Allegro non molto 06:03
    27. Concerto for violin, strings, continuo in D, RV 211 - 2 Larghetto 03:52
    28. Concerto for violin, strings, continuo in D, RV 211 - 3 Allegro 05:52


    This CD has been given the title “The French Connection,” but it has nothing to do with the 1971 film in which Gene Hackman plays a New York City police detective trying to figure out where all the heroin is coming from. Instead, the title is an allusion to the increasing interest that French and Italian composers (and music lovers in general) had in each other’s music during the 1720s and 1730s. Vivaldi was an important player in this virtual exchange program, and supplied music—either new or recycled—for French patrons and printers. Even music intended for domestic use sometimes spoke with a French accent, as it were, during this period. Try the opening of RV 211 (probably composed as an operatic entr’acte) and you’ll immediately hear, in the dotted rhythms and swooping flourishes, an example of Vivaldi “speaking French.” This CD, then, is a varied compilation of works that fit into one of the above categories. As usual, one is impressed with Vivaldi’s fecundity and flexibility.... FANFARE: Raymond Tuttle

    Performers: La Serenissima - Adrian Chandler (violin, conductor), Katy Bircher (flute), Peter Whelan (bassoon)



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