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Antonio Vivaldi - Virtuoso Impresario / Chandler, et al

Audio Samples

  1. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, RV 370: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, RV 370: II. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, RV 370: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, 2 Violoncellos, Strings & Continuo in C Major, RV 561: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, 2 Violoncellos, Strings & Continuo in C Major, RV 561: II. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, 2 ViolonCellos, Strings & Continuo in C Major, RV 561: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Vivaldi — Cencerto / Sinfonia in E Major for Strings & Continuo, RV 134: I. [Allegro] $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Vivaldi — Cencerto / Sinfonia in E Major for Strings & Continuo, RV 134: II. Andante e Pianissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Vivaldi — Cencerto / Sinfonia in E Major for Strings & Continuo, RV 134: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Vivaldi — Concerto Senza Cantin for Violin, Strings & Continuo in D Major, RV 243: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Vivaldi — Concerto Senza Cantin for Violin, Strings & Continuo in D Major, RV 243: II. Andante Molto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Vivaldi — Concerto Senza Cantin for Violin, Strings & Continuo in D Major, RV 243: III. [Allegro] $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Vivaldi — Arias for Soprano, Strings & Continuo from la Fida Ninfa, RV 714: I. Dolce Fiamma $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Vivaldi — Arias for Soprano, Strings & Continuo from la Fida Ninfa, RV 714: II. Alma Oppressa $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in E-Flat Major, RV 254: I. Allegro Poco $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in E-Flat Major, RV 254: II. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Vivaldi — Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in E-Flat Major, RV 254: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in B flat major, RV 370
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La costanza trionfante de gl'amori e de gl'odii, RV 706
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin and 2 Cellos in C major, RV 561
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sinfonia (Concerto), for strings & continuo in E minor, RV 134
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("per senza Cantin", without an E string)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Fida Ninfa
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in E flat major, RV 254
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Notes & Reviews:

Avie offers the second in a three-volume series exploring the development of the violin and growing demand for virtuoso repertoire during the Italian baroque era, of which Vivaldi was definitely the zenith. Mirroring the highly successful format of Volume 1, Chandler intersperses dazzling concerti with contemporaneous vocal works, illuminating these genres' effects on each other in Vivaldi's oeuvre.

Gramophone Magazine
... this is music brimming with ideas... All are played with La Serenissima's customary bright energy and enthusiasm, to which qualities are here added considerable subtlety of detail: listen to the way Chandler picks his way intelligently through the changing textural landscape of the first movement of RV243. Indeed, his playing throughout shows a smooth but vital tone, a fundamental likeability of sound and manner which is matched by soprano Mhairi Lawson in her five contrasted arias...

BBC Music Magazine
Adrian Chandler... is given sensitive support by his string and continuo players among which the audible presence of a theorbo is welcome. Soprano Mhairi Lawson highlights the affective contrasts of the arias with tonal warmth and requisite virtuosity. In summary, an excellent disc.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
'Antonio Vivaldi: Virtuoso Impresario' examines links between Vivaldi's concertos and operas.

Thus, the Concerto RV370 has origins partly in the opera Ottone in villa, RV134 was probably once the sinfonia to an oratorio, and RV254 shows signs of having started out life as an entr'acte. It should be said that the links are sometimes tenuous, but who could complain when the snippets of minutely detailed information which Adrian Chandler clearly commands encourage mixed programming so refreshingly different from the Vivaldian norm? It may not always bring us the Red Priest at his most inspired but it certainly shows a few sides to him that we do not always see - enough to confound daft comments about his lack of variety. For this is music brimming with ideas, from the unusual accompanimental texture of the slow movement of RV561, to the E-string-less experiment of RV243 (and the strange, off-beam harmonies of its slow movement), to RV134's excellent fugue.

All are played with La Serenissima's customary bright energy and enthusiasm, to which qualities are here added considerable subtlety of detail: listen to the way Chandler picks his way intelligently through the changing textural landscape of the first movement of RV243. Indeed, his playing throughout shows a smooth but vital tone, a fundamental likeability of sound and manner which is matched by soprano Mhairi Lawson in her five contrasted arias, all relative rarities dispatched with no-nonsense skill and aplomb. Here is further proof from this young British group that the Italian orchestras need not think to have Vivaldi to themselves just yet.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in B flat major, RV 370
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La costanza trionfante de gl'amori e de gl'odii, RV 706
  • Performer: Mhairi Lawson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La costanza trionfante de gl'amori e de gl'odii, RV 706
  • Performer: Mhairi Lawson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La costanza trionfante de gl'amori e de gl'odii, RV 706
  • Performer: Mhairi Lawson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin and 2 Cellos in C major, RV 561
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sinfonia (Concerto), for strings & continuo in E minor, RV 134
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1729-1730

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("per senza Cantin", without an E string)
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Fida Ninfa :: Dolce fiamma
  • Performer: Mhairi Lawson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/06/1732

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Fida Ninfa :: Alma oppressa
  • Performer: Mhairi Lawson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/06/1732

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in E flat major, RV 254
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: The Warehouse, Studio 1, London, England (03/04/2007-03/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742