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AV 2218

Vivaldi - The French Connection 2

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release date: June 2011


La Serenissima


Simon Fox-Gál


Simon Fox-Gal

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Avie Records


Early Music

Total Time - 77:48
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'Paris' Concerto 2 for strings & continuo in e, RV133

1 Allegro 2:25
2 Largo 1:55
3 Allegro 1:57

Concerto for violin, oboe, strings, & continuo in F, RV 543

4 Allegro 2:18
5 Allegro alla Francese 1:36
6 Allegro 1:56
7 Minuet 1:47

Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in a, RV 440

8 Allegro non molto 3:26
9 Larghetto 2:39
10 Allegro 2:54

Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 473

11 Allegro 3:35
12 Largo 4:09
13 Minuet 7:53

Concerto Il Gran Mogol for flute, strings & continuo in d, RV 431a

14 Allegro non molto 3:31
15 Larghetto 2:07
16 Allegro 2:21

'Paris' Concerto 11 for strings & continuo in G, RV 150

17 Allegro 1:24
18 Largo 1:20
19 Allegro 1:37

Concerto Intitolato La Notte for flute, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo in G, RV 104

20 Largo 1:53
21 Presto: Fantasmi - largo - Andante 1:54
22 Presto 1:08
23 Largo: Il Sonno 1:46
24 Allegro 2:52

'Paris' Concerto 8 for strings & continuo in d, RV 127

25 Allegro 1:35
26 Largo 1:21
27 Allegro 1:21

Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in Bb, RV 365

28 Allegro poco 5:15
29 Largo 3:53
30 Allegro (early version) 4:00

Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima, winners of the 2010 Gramophone Award in the Baroque Instrumental category for Vivaldi: The French Connection (AV 2178), present the sequel, The French Connection 2, which features the world-premiere recording of Il Gran Mogol, the lost Vivaldi Flute Concerto recently rediscovered in the National Archives of Scotland. The album contains a further eight varied concertos by Vivaldi, including another world-premiere recording of a Violin Concerto.

Mainstream international media focused their attention on the unearthing of Il Gran Mogol and did so again in February when the work was released first as a digital download. This premiere recording, by today’s leading exponents of the music of Vivaldi, did not disappoint and resulted in headline features in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Classic FM and numerous other international media.

"...a collection of such enjoyable music ...the varying combinations of solo instruments (including flute, oboe, bassoon and violin) creating a delightful palette of tonal colour. Tempos are quick, as expected these days, and the sound of La Serenissima (who are English, despite the name) is spirited and beautifully fleshed-out … if a little less fiery than some of the young Italian groups. The Avie label has distinguished itself with some excellent recordings of late, and this is no exception – play loud for maximum effect!"

Andy Fawcett - - 27 February 2012

       Best of 2011

"...this recording is a delight and continues to showcase this compelling composer in a dazzling manner."

Jonathan Wileley - The Classical Review .com - July 2011

"...the concept of this disc, the choice of music and the performances make this an interesting contribution to the growing Vivaldi discography."
Johan van Veen - 7 December 2011

"It really doesn’t get any better that this, at least for a Vivaldi nut like me... Nine concertos are presented here, and a fine selection it is... All in all, this program is one of the better Vivaldi collections of miscellaneous concertos that I’ve seen for awhile. The music is first rate, with sound to match."

Crawford - American Record Guide - November/December 2011

"...Chandler’s tight control gives freedom not constriction. The ensemble is spotless ... "  *****

Rick Jones - Classic FM Magazine - September 2011

               Performance *****          Recording *****

"...this second volume deserves almost unqualified praise. Chandler has put otgether a fascinating programme among which are some rarities including two ’world premiere recordings.’ ...Flautist katy Bircher and Chandler himself are the respective soloists and their warm sounding eloquently stylish playing is a constant delight..."

Nicholas Anderseon - BBC Music Magazine - September 2011

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