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Per Monsieur Pisendel - Vivaldi, Et Al / La Serenissima


Release Date: 03/11/2003 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 18   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiTomaso AlbinoniJohann Georg Pisendel
Performer:  Adrian ChandlerGareth DeatsRobert HowarthPeter Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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While Johann Georg Pisendel is primarily remembered today as the 18th century virtuoso that inspired Bach to compose his renowned Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, this extraordinary program "Per Monsieur Pisendel" reveals the violinist/composer's influence to be much more widespread and diverse. Each of the six violin sonatas offered was either dedicated to or composed by Pisendel himself, amply attesting to his apparent charisma and exemplary skill. La Serenissima's members--violinist Adrian Chandler, cellist Gareth Deats, and harpsichordist Robert Howarth--rise to the
Read more occasion, delivering stirring, alert, and focused performances that ably serve Pisendel and his contemporaries Vivaldi and Albinoni.

Vivaldi's famous RV 6 opens the program, and like Romanesca (Harmonia Mundi) and the Biondi/Alessandrini/Naddeo/Pandolfo/Lislevand ensemble (Arcana), Chandler and colleagues brazenly draw out every dramatic nuance and diabolical twist implicit in the score. Especially enjoyable is their deft treatment of the third movement (Grave), heightened by numerous decorative flourishes throughout. The program in fact features a refreshingly wide variety and inventive use of ornamentation that, unlike so many other recitals of similar repertoire, perpetually keeps things interesting. Chandler's spellbinding rendering of Pisendel's Allegro from his Sonata in D is absolutely spectacular! Likewise, Chandler's performance of the second-movement Allegro of Vivaldi's Suonata a Solo facto per Monsieur Pisendel del Vivaldi in C, RV 2 equally impresses in its cocksure bite and vigor.

Complementing La Serenissima's excellent performances is Avie's clear and immediate sound. Chandler's excellent notes are informative and entertaining. This debut recording couldn't be more auspicious. Highly recommended.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in C minor, RV 6 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Adrian Chandler (Violin), Gareth Deats (Cello), Robert Howarth (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  St. Thomas à Becket Church, East Sussex 
Length: 14 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Sonatas (3) for Violin and Basso Continuo "Pisendel": Sonata in B flat major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Peter Howarth (Harpsichord), Adrian Chandler (Violin), Gareth Deats (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1716; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  St. Thomas à Becket Church, East Sussex 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Georg Pisendel
Performer:  Peter Howarth (Harpsichord), Gareth Deats (Cello), Adrian Chandler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Crichton Parish Church, Midlothian, UK 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 2 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Adrian Chandler (Violin), Gareth Deats (Cello), Peter Howarth (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  St. Thomas à Becket Church, East Sussex 
Length: 14 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in E minor by Johann Georg Pisendel
Performer:  Peter Howarth (Harpsichord), Adrian Chandler (Violin), Gareth Deats (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  St. Thomas à Becket Church, East Sussex 
Length: 12 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Adrian Chandler 
6.
Sarabande in C major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Peter Howarth (Harpsichord), Gareth Deats (Cello), Adrian Chandler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  St. Thomas à Becket Church, East Sussex 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
Sonatas (3) for Violin and Basso Continuo "Pisendel": Sonata in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Peter Howarth (Harpsichord), Gareth Deats (Cello), Adrian Chandler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1716; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  St. Thomas à Becket Church, East Sussex 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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