Per Monsieur Pisendel 2 – La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler
Adrian Chandler returns to where it all began. Per Monsieur Pisendel (AV 0018) was the 2003 debut album by the Vivaldi enthusiast, which launched a recording career that has earned him international plaudits, awards, chart-topping albums, and recognition as one of the world’s leading authorities on the music of Vivaldi and his Italian baroque contemporaries. Per Monsieur Pisendel 2 brings together works by the teachers of the dazzling German violinist Johann Georg Pisendel (1687 – 1755): Antonio Montanari and the Red Priest, the last ‘Pisendel’ sonata by Albinoni, and two sonatas by the Saxon himself, including the fiendish unaccompanied sonata which inspired Bach to compose his six similarly scored works. Shining through Adrian Chandler’s erudition is the stellar music as performed with laser beam precision.
Robert Maxham - Fanfare - January/February 2015
"... Most remarkable of all is the Sonata in A monor, a truly virtuoso piece which is said, not without justification, to have inspired bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. It is given here is a quite breathtakingly effective performance by Adrian Chandler, whose effortless and stylish command of the writing brings Pisendel’s legendary abilities fully alive..."
Iain Fenion - Gramophone magazine - Awards Issue 2014
"With his sumptuous and brilliant readings of two sonatas - one unaccompanied, the other supported by his excellent continuo team - the baroque violinist Chandler demonstrates again the justness of his devotion to the cause of Johann Georg Pisendel ..."
Stephen Pettitt - The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) - 17 August 2014
"This is a stunning collection of sonatas, imaginatively and sensitively played by Adrian Chandler and excitingly yet equally sensitively accompanied by cello with harpsichord and theorbo ..."
Ian Graham-Jones - The Early Music Review (no 160) - June 2014