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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)
La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler, violin & direction

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Classical, Baroque | Label: Avie Records | # AV2371

The English, historical-instrument, Baroque ensemble La Serenissima (the term was a nickname for the city of Venice) has specialized in somewhat scholarly recordings that nevertheless retain considerable general appeal, and the group does it again with this release. The program offers some lesser-known composers, and some lesser-known pieces by famous composers like the tiny and fascinating Concerto alla rustica for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo, RV 151. What ties the program together formally is that it covers a range of Italian cities that were becoming cultural centers as they declined in political power: not only Venice (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara), but also Padua (Tartini), Bologna (Torelli), and Rome (Corelli). There are several works by composers known only for one or two big hits, and these are especially rewarding. Sample the opening movement of Tartini's Violin Concerto E major, DS 51, with its unusual phrase construction and daringly chromatic cadenza passage: it has the exotic quality for which Tartini became famous, but it does not rely on sheer virtuosity. That work is played by leader Adrian Chandler himself, but he also chooses pieces for a large variety of other solo instruments: the Italian Baroque was about more than the violin. Each work on the album has something to recommend it, and collectively the performances may make up the best album of 2017 whose booklet includes footnotes.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

My heart skipped a beat when this new offering from La Serenissima and Adrian Chandler landed on my desk, such was my enjoyment of their Gramophone Awards-shortlisted Vivaldi Four Seasons recording (10/15). So to discover that with this all-Italian assortment of sinfonias and concertos they’ve actually topped their 2016 triumph – and apparently effortlessly – gives me no small amount of pleasure.

La Serenissima have a glorious and all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project, and ‘The Italian Job’ has all their typical hallmarks: a fresh, zinging tone alive with vitality and enjoyment, an effortless easy panache from both ensemble and soloists, and the whole underpinned by a scholarly attitude to programming and performance style which is yet worn with light grace.

They also throw the recording critic a problem, because when faced with such a consistently excellent, colouristically and stylistically contrasting programme whose differences absolutely sing together as a unit, then to draw readers’ attentions to ‘highlights’ feels thoroughly unhelpful. However, I will say that Chandler’s violin solos in the Tartini Concerto for violin, strings and continuo are ones of a singing sweetness and ease that leave you wishing it wouldn’t end. Also, that never has an Albinoni oboe concerto held me in such rapt delight as this double concerto did with soloists Gail Hennessy and Rachel Chaplin. Finally, that while with recordings I’m usually focused only on the finished package in my hands, with Torelli’s Sinfonia in C I couldn’t help but dream of what an extraordinary listening experience it must have been at the recording session, at St John’s Smith Square – both in the lavishly ringing tuttis (this sinfonia has a monster-sized solo line-up of four trumpets, timpani and two each of oboes, bassoons, violins and cellos) and in the sudden drops down to unexpectedly intimate string forces.

In short, were I asked to condense this review down to two simple words, they would be: buy it.

Review by Charlotte Gardner, Gramophone

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)


La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)



La Serenissima
Adrian Chandler, director & solo violin
Gail Hennessy, Rachel Chaplin, solo oboes
Peter Whelan, solo bassoon

Recording; 23-26 August, 2016, St. John's, Smith Square, London, England.

Tracklist:

Antonio Caldara (c.1671–1736)
Sinfonia in C
for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, timpani, violin, strings & continuo
01. I. Allegro (5:31)
02. II. Andante, piano [e] staccato (4:47)
03. III. Allegro (4:42)

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713)
Sinfonia to Santa Beatrice d’Este in D minor
for strings & continuo
04. I. Grave (2:36)
05. II. Allegro (1:41)
06. III. Adagio (0:44)
07. IV. Largo assai (2:57)
08. V. Vivace (2:14)

Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770)
Concerto in E, D51
for violin, strings & continuo
09. I. Allegro (6:39)
10. II. Grave 'Tortorella bacie…' (5:29)
11. III. Allegro assai (4:41)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto Alla rustica in G, RV 151
for 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo
12. I. Presto (1:11)
13. II. Adagio (1:07)
14. III. Allegro (1:58)
Concerto in C, RV 467
for bassoon, strings & continuo
15. I. Allegro (4:08)
16. II. Andante (2:55)
17. III. Allegro (4:08)

Tomaso Albinoni (1671–1751)
Concerto in F, Op.9/3
for 2 oboes, strings & continuo
18. I. Allegro (4:37)
19. II. Adagio (2:32)
20. III. Allegro (3:58)

Giuseppe Torelli (1658–1709)
Sinfonia in C, G33
for 4 trumpets, trombone, timpani, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons,
2 violins, 2 cellos, strings & continuo
21. I. Allegro (3:50)
22. II. Adagio (0:25)
23. III. Presto (3:31)


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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

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