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Vivaldi - Music For The Chapel Of The Pietá /Chandler, La Serenissima


Release Date: 04/05/2005 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2063   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Adrian ChandlerMhairi LawsonRobert HowarthSarah McMahon
Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S:

"This follow-up to La Serenissima’s anthology ‘Vivaldi in Arcadia’, is particularly interesting for the Concertos RV212 and RV554a, which have been reconstructed by Adrian Chandler. The former is a violin concerto, composed in 1712 for a festival in Padua and played by Vivaldi himself. A set of parts surviving in Dresden was damaged; the booklet note remarks, seemingly without irony, that this was ‘whilst in safe-keeping’ during the Second World War. Chandler has added the harmony here and there, and selected one of the three slow movements and two cadenzas. The result is a delight... In Laudate pueri Dominum, Mhairi Lawson sings
Read more with great passion, wonderfully responsive to the meaning of the words. In the surprisingly meditative Gloria, her vibrant soprano and Chandler’s violin sigh like lovers.The Salve regina is just as good...
Chandler’s direction is as gripping as his playing. As ever, one is lost in admiration at the skills of the girls who sang and played at the Ospedale della Pietà, to whom this is a noble tribute."
- Richard Lawrence, GRAMOPHONE

"The mastermind behind this terrific CD, Adrian Chandler, is not only Director of La Serenissima and a violinist of flair and distinction; he is also a meticulous scholar, as his excellent booklet notes reveal. He has clearly engaged in much fruitful research in preparing for this recording, even carrying out imaginative reconstruction where necessary.
The result is a rich musical treat. All of this music was written by the ‘Red Priest’ for use in the Chapel of the Pietá, the Convent School for orphans (or ‘foundlings’) in Venice. The music on the generously filled disc consists of three instrumental concerti and two solo vocal cantatas, Laudate Pueri and Salve Regina. These are sung by the Scottish soprano Mhairi Lawson, who turns in thoroughly delightful performances... This, and all the other instrumental music, is realised superbly by the players of La Serenissima, the enlarged chamber ensemble named after the city of its inspiration; the name being, of course, a poetic soubriquet for Venice itself. The string sound is pure and bold, yet capable of great subtlety when required. They are underpinned by a continuo section of great richness: the harpsichord of Joseph McHardy, the theorbo (bass lute) of Richard Sweeney, and the organ playing of Robert Howarth.
Despite the scholarship, there is nothing ‘academic’ about the performance of this music. Indeed, it is exuberant and often full of élan and humour."
- Gwyn Parry-Jones, MusicWeb International

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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in F major, RV 292 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Adrian Chandler (Violin)
Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, E 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, East Sussex, UK (11/22/2004 - 11/24/2004) 
2. Laudate pueri Dominum in C minor, RV 600 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mhairi Lawson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, E 
Length: 23 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, East Sussex, UK (11/22/2004 - 11/24/2004) 
3. Concerto for Violin and Organ in F major, RV 542 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Adrian Chandler (Violin), Robert Howarth (Organ)
Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, E 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, East Sussex, UK (11/22/2004 - 11/24/2004) 
4. Concerto for Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major, RV 212 "S. Antonio in Padoa 1712" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Adrian Chandler (Violin)
Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, E 
Length: 16 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Adrian Chandler.
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, East Sussex, UK (11/22/2004 - 11/24/2004) 
5. Salve Regina in F major, RV 617 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mhairi Lawson (Soprano), Adrian Chandler (Violin)
Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, E 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, East Sussex, UK (11/22/2004 - 11/24/2004) 
6. Concerto for Violin, Organ and Cello in C major, RV 554a by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sarah McMahon (Cello), Robert Howarth (Organ), Adrian Chandler (Violin)
Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, E 
Length: 11 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: St. Mary the Virgin Church, Salehurst, East Sussex, UK (11/22/2004 - 11/24/2004) 

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