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La Serenissima: Vivaldi concerti

Vivaldi concertos for recorder, violin & bassoon

Recent performances have included the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Cadogan Hall, Mayfield Festival etc

Concerto Conca for strings & continuo in Bb, RV 163 (4’)

< p>La Cetra (MS) Concerto # 2, for violin, strings & continuo in C, RV 189 (13’)


Concerto movement for flautino, strings & continuo in G, RV 312 (4’)

Concerto movement for bassoon, strings & continuo in d, RV 482 (4’)

Sonata for recorder, bassoon & continuo in a, RV 86 (11’)


Concerto for strings & continuo in g minor, RV 156 (6’)

Concerto for flautino, strings & continuo in a, RV 444 (12’)

Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 474 (12’)

Concerto L’amoroso for violin, strings & continuo in E, RV 271 (12’)
(La Cetra Concerto # 10)


Recorders Pamela Thorby

Violin Adrian Chandler

Bassoon Peter Whelan

La Serenissima


Forces: Rec / Fag / 4 / 4 / 3 / 2 / d’bass / theorbo / harpsichord = 18

Cost: 4800 + VAT, keyboard, travel, subs & accommodation

The theme

Venus, an Apollonian Emperor, and Triton, the child of Neptune and Amphitrite are all included amongst these virtuosic Vivaldi concertos.

The music

Wind instruments had long been associated with the charms of Venus and included here are some of Vivaldi’s most challenging works for the recorder and bassoon. She is again epitomised in the exquisite concerto L’amoroso for violin, which also survives as part of a manuscript collection of concertos dedicated to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI and whose title La Cetra (The Lyre), likens him to the sun-god Apollo.

Elsewhere, there are two ripieno concertos; the Conca concerto, which depicts tritons blowing their conch shells to ward off impending storms and a re-working of the chamber concerto for recorder, oboe and bassoon.

The La Serenissima ethos

La Serenissima has forged a reputation as the leading exponents of Italian repertoire in the UK. As usual, this programme combines artistic flair, technique and scholarship, with all performing editions made by director Adrian Chandler. The soloists are second to none and are recognised as being at the head of their respective fields with many critically acclaimed recordings to their names.

This programme will be released on CD in spring 2010.


About Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan was born in Dublin in 1978. Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Peter travelled to Basel to complete his studies with Sergio Azzolini during which time he gained became the principal bassoon of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra (first Irish member). Equally at home on modern and historical instruments, Peter frequently performs with many prominent British and European Orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Zurich Opera. Peter currently holds the position of principal bassoon with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and appears regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the English Baroque Soloists.

Peter has made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion and Naxos and has appeared as soloist with La Serenissima, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra (broadcast on Lyric fm), Le Cercle de Harmonie, Bach Consort Wien (at the Musikverein) and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has appeared at festivals throughout Europe and America and he regularly plays at the Wigmore Hall with Ensemble 360. As a member of woodwind ensemble Xacona, Peter was awarded first prize and audience prize at the international early music competition in Brugge.