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La Serenissima: Vivaldi chamber concerti

Stunning and unusual solo and chamber works by Vivaldi.

Rediscovering Vivaldi
Concerto for recorder, violin, bassoon & continuo F, RV 100
‘Manchester’ Sonata No. 3 for violin & continuo in C, RV754
Sonata for recorder, bassoon & continuo in a, RV 86
Sonata for recorder & continuo in G, RV 802
Sonata ‘Graz’ for violin & continuo in b, RV 37 (reconstr: Adrian Chandler)
Concerto for recorder, violin, bassoon & continuo in D, RV 92
La Serenissima
Pamela Thorby - recorder
Adrian Chandler - violin
Peter Whelan - bassoon
Gareth Deats - cello
Eligio Quinteiro - theorbo
Robert Howarth – harpsichord
More than any other composer over the last century, Vivaldi has benefited from a stream of major discoveries of which the biggest was that of his own personal manuscript collection in the early twentieth century.  This now resides in the Biblioteca Nazionale, Turin, and houses the above concertos and the sonata for recorder and bassoon.
Since then, new works have continued to surface, sometimes in the unlikeliest of places with a recent find taking place on the internet!  One of the most well documented events was when English musicologist Michael Talbot chanced upon a collection of twelve sonatas for violin in Manchester during the seventies.  More recently, two sonatas for recorder have been discovered and are the latest works to be added to the ever-expanding Vivaldi catalogue. 
As well as the discovery of new works, there is always the challenge of completing works that only partially survive such as the Graz violin sonatas which survive without a bass part; two have recently been refurbished and added to our discography.
The prospect of rediscovery is still very much alive as the hoard from this century alone proves, including sacred choral music, psalm settings, sonatas, concertos and large chunks of two operas.  The fact that the sonata for recorder and bassoon is one of only a handful of sonatas in Vivaldi’s personal collection in Turin (compared to the near eighty works that survive elsewhere) suggests that there are still riches to be discovered.  


About La Serenissima

La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s La Senna festeggiante (RV 693) and has now firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries.

Since the first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications such as Gramophone Magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Independent, The Strad, La Stampa, Gaudisc and the Evening Standard for its performances and recordings on the AVIE label.

Nearly the entire repertoire of La Serenissima is edited by director Adrian Chandler from manuscript sources, a testament to their commitment and passion for rare and exciting Italian music and a feat which makes them unique amongst other baroque ensembles.

2008 sees concerts in Spain, Malta, Mexico and Italy alongside many concerts at home. On returning from Mexico, La Serenissima will record the first of a series of records of Vivaldi flute and bassoon concertos for Avie Records.