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Vivaldi: The French Connection

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in C major, RV 114
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 488
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("La stravaganza" no 7), Op. 4/7, RV 185
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute strings & continuo in G major, RV 438
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major (incomplete), RV 468
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute strings & continuo in E minor, RV 432
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto, for flute, violin, bassoon & continuo in F major, RV 100
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D major, RV 211
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Notes & Reviews:

After the extremely successful and acclaimed series 'The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto', Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima return to Avie to explore the Red Priest's fascination with 'le gout francaise'!

Intriguing title? Well some, at least, of Vivaldi's own French connections are known: the French ambassador to Venice was among his patrons, and he supplied 12 concertos without soloist to an unknown Parisian collector. Adrian Chandler has taken three of these last as a starting-point for a full disc of flute, bassoon and violin concertos in which, he reckons, references to the French style are apparent. But is a dotted rhythm here, a chaconne there and a sprinkling of Rameau-ish moments enough to make Vivaldi sound French? Wisely, Chandler does not claim so, though his concession that "Vivaldi's style is rarely unrecognisable" puts it mildly; Vivaldi seldom sounds like anyone else, even in the grand overture-like first movement of the Violin Concerto RV211, by some margin the most French-drenched piece on this disc. The chaconnes and melodic frou frous found elsewhere may suggest Frenchness to one as sensitive to the composer's style as Chandler, but to the average listener they will surely sound like Vivaldi from head to toe.

But if this disc works hard to justify its title, what care we when the results make such enjoyable listening? And who can blame Chandler for looking for a way to programme and market Vivaldi that avoids filling it with 10 works all of the same type? Here the three solo instruments come and go in various combinations, always pleasing us and never outstaying their welcome. They are played with skill and taste, lapsing only when the bassoon overpowers the flute in the slow movement of RV438. The orchestral sound, as always with La Serenissima, achieves bright attractiveness and vivacity without feeling the need to pursue the taut energy of some other groups. And that's just fine." -Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Baroque Instrumental winner



Reviews

Vivaldi "The French Connection"
This 77 minute c.d.is one of Gramophone magazine's "Editor's Choice"(page 86)in their Awards Issue of 2009(which came out in late October).It has 3 concertos for strings(RV 144,119 & 157),2 Flute concertos(RV432 & 438a),a bassoon concerto fragment(RV 468)& bassoon concerto(RV 488),a violin concerto(RV 211)and a chamber concerto(RV 100).
Submitted on 11/02/09 by DaveG 
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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in C major, RV 114
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1729-1730

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 488
  • Performers: Peter Whelan (Bassoon); Adrian Chandler (Violin); Sarah Moffatt (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("La stravaganza" no 7), Op. 4/7, RV 185
  • Performers: Cecilia Bernardini (Violin); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute strings & continuo in G major, RV 438
  • Performers: Sarah Moffatt (Violin); Katy Bircher (Flute); Peter Whelan (Bassoon); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1729-1730

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major (incomplete), RV 468
  • Performers: Katy Bircher (Flute); Peter Whelan (Bassoon); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute strings & continuo in E minor, RV 432 :: Allegro
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto, for flute, violin, bassoon & continuo in F major, RV 100
  • Performers: Katy Bircher (Flute); Peter Whelan (Bassoon); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1729-1730

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D major, RV 211
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, England (01/21/2009-01/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742