Adrian Chandler & La Serenissima – Vivaldi x2 (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Adrian Chandler & La Serenissima – Vivaldi x2 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:15:17 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Avie Records

“My heart skipped a beat when [The Italian Job] from La Serenissima and Adrian Chandler landed on my desk, such was my enjoyment of their Gramophone Awards-shortlisted Vivaldi Four Seasons recording (AV2344). So to discover that with this all-Italian assortment of sinfonias and concertos they’ve actually topped their 2016 triumph – and apparently effortlessly – gives me no small amount of pleasure.” So said the reviewer of the Gramophone Award-winning release, and the Vivaldi specialists are set to triumph once again with Vivaldi x2, an astonishing medley of double concertos for hunting horns, oboes, bassoon, violin and cello. Emanating from Vivaldi’s pen the double concerto – a genre of which he all but cornered the market – resulted in some of the composer’s most colourful and exuberant works. In the hands of two-time Gramophone Award-winning La Serenissima, these concertos come to virtuosic and effervescent life.

Why the devil the cover of this superbe Vivaldi album sports a doctored photo of a car built in Torino between 1957 and 1975, whereas these double concertos were written around 250 years earlier for Venice, nobody knows. But the result remains a miracle, and a triple miracle too : first, that the recording could take place since it has been sponsored by crowdfunding ; second, that the instrumental quality of La Serenissima and the soloists is so exquisite ; and third, that Vivaldi wrote so many highly original double concertos, some of which for « odd » couples – oboe and bassoon, violin and cello etc. –, others for pairs such as two oboes, two horns (a great rarity in these times). The album, after half a dozen double concertos, ends with another rarity : theConcerto per S.A.S.I.S.P.G.M.D.G.S.M.B. – yes, that’s the very title given by Vivaldi himself. Far from being a simple double concerto, is is one for three duets – two horns, two oboes, violin-cello, plus an additional bassoon – in which the composer explores all imaginable arrangements between groups. Whoever said, a few decades ago, that Vivaldi had written the same lame concerto five hundred times again and again (yes, Mr Stravinsky, that’s you we’re talking about) had no idea of what was available in the Vivaldian treasure trove. Ah yes, and as for the cryptic title : the hypothesis per Sua Altezza Serenissima il Signor Principe Giuseppe Maria de’ Gonzaga (or else di Guastalla) Signor Moi Benignissimo seems at least credible…

Tracklist:
1. Concerto for Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 539: I. Allegro 03:09
2. Concerto for Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 539: II. Larghetto 02:29
3. Concerto for Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 539: III. Allegro 02:42
4. Concerto for Two Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, RV. 535: I. Largo 01:14
5. Concerto for Two Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, RV. 535: II. Allegro 02:38
6. Concerto for Two Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, RV. 535: III. Largo 02:35
7. Concerto for Two Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, RV. 535: IV. Allegro molto 03:03
8. Concerto for Violin, Cello, Strings and Continuo in A Major, RV. 546: I. Allegro 03:26
9. Concerto for Violin, Cello, Strings and Continuo in A Major, RV. 546: II. Andante 03:09
10. Concerto for Violin, Cello, Strings and Continuo in A Major, RV. 546: III. Allegro 03:15
11. Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo in G Major, RV. 545 : I. Allegro 04:08
12. Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo in G Major, RV. 545 : II. Largo 02:47
13. Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo in G Major, RV. 545 : III. Allegro non molto 03:47
14. Concerto for Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 538 : I. Allegro 03:22
15. Concerto for Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 538 : II. Largo 02:40
16. Concerto for Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 538 : III. Allegro non molto 03:17
17. Concerto for Violin, Cello, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, RV. 547: I. Allegro 03:59
18. Concerto for Violin, Cello, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, RV. 547: II. Andante 02:01
19. Concerto for Violin, Cello, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, RV. 547: III. Allegro molto 03:07
20. Concerto for Two Oboes, Strings and Continuo in A Minor, RV. 536: I. Allegro 02:36
21. Concerto for Two Oboes, Strings and Continuo in A Minor, RV. 536: II. Largo 02:08
22. Concerto for Two Oboes, Strings and Continuo in A Minor, RV. 536: III. Allegro 01:55
23. Concerto per S.A.S.I.S.P.G.M.D.G.S.M.B. for Violin, Cello, Two Oboes, Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 574: I. Allegro 04:39
24. Concerto per S.A.S.I.S.P.G.M.D.G.S.M.B. for Violin, Cello, Two Oboes, Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 574: II. Adagio 03:17
25. Concerto per S.A.S.I.S.P.G.M.D.G.S.M.B. for Violin, Cello, Two Oboes, Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in F Major, RV. 574: III. Allegro 03:54

Personnel:
Adrian Chandler (violin/director)
La Serenissima

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