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Vivaldi: A Tale of Two Seasons - Concertos & Arias / Sally Bruce-Payne: mezzo-soprano

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L' Incoronazione di Dario, RV 719
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilda, RV 700
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 208 "Il grosso Mogul" - Grave
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 367
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Montezuma, RV 723
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin (Sinfonia), for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 191
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vivaldi specialist Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima's hallmark qualities of erudition, combined with crowd-pleasing performances, have made them one of the best-selling and most acclaimed period instrument bands performing today. Recently their Gramophone Award-winning album Vivaldi: The French Connection (AVR 2178) topped a Forbes list of "How to Build a Top Quality Classical Music Library." Their eleventh release for AVIE, A Tale of Two Seasons, once again presents the Red Priest in an engaging and fascinating light. Focusing on two Venetian operatic seasons of 1717 and 1733, the enlightening program juxtaposes the work of an eager young man with that of an older, more cunning composer who had adapted his music to the fashionable Neapolitan style.

The Telegraph, 22nd August 2013
These discriminating performances, with La Serenissima on characteristically lucid, lively form...and make for a Vivaldi disc of particularly ear-catching impact.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
In three contemporary violin concertos, Chandler juxtaposes acrobatics and refinement...The three contrasting 1716-17 arias are performed flawlessly: Argene's brief yet furious 'Ferri, ceppi, sangue, morte' shows off Sally Bruce-Payne's pinpoint division.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
Chandler's playing is crisply articulated, tonally secure and imaginative, and the lively responses of the instrumentalists of La Serenissima give uninterrupted pleasure. These are musicians who quite simply love their Vivaldi and their spirit is contagious.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Two other concertos (R 191+367) are included in a manuscript that also preserves some of the Motezuma fragments, and so they are presented as pendants to the two arias from that opera. The program allows us to perceive Vivaldi's evolving stylistic character between two separate points in his career. Chandler is fully up to the demands of the music and responds to them with triumphant panache - and leads his 16 fellow players with polished energy. Mezzo-soprano Bruce-Payne is very effective in the arias; her voice is full, rich, and smooth. Novices will find it a sure-fire delight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : L' Incoronazione di Dario, RV 719 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/15/1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L' Incoronazione di Dario, RV 719 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/15/1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L' Incoronazione di Dario, RV 719 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/15/1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L' Incoronazione di Dario, RV 719 :: Ferri, ceppi, sangue, morte
  • Performers: Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/15/1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilda, RV 700 :: Lo sento in questo seno
  • Performers: Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/18/1716

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L' Incoronazione di Dario, RV 719 :: Sentirò fra ramo
  • Performers: Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/15/1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 208 "Il grosso Mogul" - Grave
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 367
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Montezuma, RV 723 :: Quel rossor, ch'in volto miri
  • Performers: Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/14/1733

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Montezuma, RV 723 :: In mezzo alla procella
  • Performers: Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano); Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/14/1733

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin (Sinfonia), for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 191
  • Performer: Adrian Chandler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Ensemble: La Serenissima (Orchestra)
  • Notes: Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester, England (03/18/2013-03/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: by 1742