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The Godfather
Various composers

La Serenissima

The Godfather

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212060223
Catnr: SIGCD 602
Release date: 15 November 2019
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Signum Classics
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0635212060223
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SIGCD 602
Release date
15 November 2019
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About the album

The musical world of eighteenth-century Europe was a small one. Despite the problems presented by contemporary standards of transport, it was quite normal for composers in one part of Europe to be entirely au fait with what was happening elsewhere. This is borne out by the closeness of three
German composers: Telemann, godfather to C.P.E. Bach; Pisendel; and J.S. Bach, who admired both his compatriots and composed some astoundingly difficult music for the violinist Pisendel.

This programme celebrates their music as well as the music of those who contributed to their musical heritage. Included alongside the German triumvirate are works by Vivaldi who physically helped with the composition of Pisendel’s A minor concerto movement, Fasch who was a great friend of Pisendel and Telemann, and Brescianello, an Italian who helped the dissemination of Italian instrumental music throughout the German-speaking lands and whose concertos were played in Dresden by Pisendel.
Het ensemble La Serenissima, in het Verenigd Koninkrijk de meest dynamische stem van Italiaanse Barok, brengt hier onder leiding van Adrian Chandler, muziek van Italiaanse en Duitse meesters. Onder hen Johann Sebastian Bach, Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Georg Pisendel, Georg Philipp Telemann en Antonio Vivaldi. Het album werd door BBC radio 3 al geroemd vanwege hun puntige spel.

Muzikale erfgoed

De muziekwereld van het 18e-eeuwse Europa was klein. Ondanks de problemen die de toen gangbare transportmiddelen opleverden, was het redelijk normaal dat componisten aan de ene kant van Europa volledig op de hoogte waren van wat er elders gebeurde. Dit wordt bevestigd door de verbondenheid van drie Duitse componisten: Telemann, peetvader van Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Pisendel; en Johann Sebastian Bach, die zijn beide landgenoten bewonderde en verbazingwekkend moeilijke muziek voor de violist Pisendel componeerde.

Dit programma huldigt hun muziek, evenals de muziek van hen die aan hun muzikale erfgoed bijdroegen. Naast het Duitse triumviraat zijn er werken van Vivaldi, die behulpzaam was bij het componeren van Pisendels concertdeel in a klein, van Fasch, die een goede vriend was van Pisendel en Telemann, en Brescianello, een Italiaan die meewerkte aan de verspreiding van Italiaanse instrumentale muziek door de Duitssprekende landen en wiens concerten in Dresden gespeeld werden door Pisendel.

Artist(s)

La Serenissima (violin)

La Serenissima is the UK’s leading exponent of the music of eighteenth-century Venice. Described as ‘one of Britain’s best-loved chamber orchestras’ (The Telegraph) La Serenissima has uncovered a plethora of neglected music, making it available to all through live performance, recording and outreach. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from source material. Founded in 1994 by violinist Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima is recognised for its outstanding recording catalogue, which is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and international radio; advertising (Beats, 2022) and film (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2020). The group has won two Gramophone Awards: for The French Connection (2010) and The Italian Job (2017); in 2018 Vivaldi X2 topped the UK Classical Chart. Their 2022 release Vivaldi’s Women, featuring the World Premiere of a concerto discovery, was praised by BBC Radio...
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La Serenissima is the UK’s leading exponent of the music of eighteenth-century Venice.
Described as ‘one of Britain’s best-loved chamber orchestras’ (The Telegraph) La Serenissima has uncovered a plethora of neglected music, making it available to all through live performance, recording and outreach. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from source material.
Founded in 1994 by violinist Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima is recognised for its outstanding recording catalogue, which is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and international radio; advertising (Beats, 2022) and film (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2020). The group has won two Gramophone Awards: for The French Connection (2010) and The Italian Job (2017); in 2018 Vivaldi X2 topped the UK Classical Chart.
Their 2022 release Vivaldi’s Women, featuring the World Premiere of a concerto discovery, was praised by BBC Radio 3 Record Review as ‘a fine contextual album’ and attracted over a million streams in its first weeks of release; Forza Azzurri! featured in the UK Classical Chart and captured imaginations in the Italian press with radio24 interviewing Adrian Chandler in Italian in December 2022. La Serenissima performs across the UK and internationally. It has given the first UK performance of Brescianello’s opera Tisbe (2018) and the modern premiere of Caldara’s opera Lucio Papirio Dittatore (2019).
The group embarked on new digital formats in 2021 with support from the Culture Recovery Fund & Continuo Foundation.
This created new videos aimed at Key-Stage 2 children & the launch of a podcasting series Lost & Found. La Serenissima looks forward to a residency at Wigmore Hall in 2024-25 and performances throughout the UK and beyond. La Serenissima is proud to have as its Honorary Patron, His Excellency The Italian Ambassador to the UK.

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Adrian Chandler (conductor)

Born on Merseyside in 1974, Adrian Chandler is recognised as one of today’s leading interpreters of Italian baroque music. Whilst a student at the Royal College of Music, Adrian founded La Serenissima with whom he has performed as Director/Soloist at major festivals internationally, and has recorded extensively for the Avie label (winning a Gramophone Award in 2010). He has been Guest Director/Soloist with many ensembles, most recently at Oslo Chamber Music Festival. Adrian’s performances have been broadcast extensively worldwide; his disc of virtuoso violin sonatas Per Monsieur Pisendel 2 released in 2014 attracted rave reviews and featured on the soundtrack of hit American TV series The Originals. His interpretation of The Four Seasons was released in 2015 to outstanding critical...
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Born on Merseyside in 1974, Adrian Chandler is recognised as one of today’s leading interpreters of Italian baroque music. Whilst a student at the Royal College of Music, Adrian founded La Serenissima with whom he has performed as Director/Soloist at major festivals internationally, and has recorded extensively for the Avie label (winning a Gramophone Award in 2010). He has been Guest Director/Soloist with many ensembles, most recently at Oslo Chamber Music Festival. Adrian’s performances have been broadcast extensively worldwide; his disc of virtuoso violin sonatas Per Monsieur Pisendel 2 released in 2014 attracted rave reviews and featured on the soundtrack of hit American TV series The Originals. His interpretation of The Four Seasons was released in 2015 to outstanding critical reception.

Known for his virtuosity and commitment as performer, Adrian also works tirelessly to research and edit new repertoire for La Serenissima. He held an Arts and Humanities Research Council fellowship in 2006 at Southampton University to research the development of the North Italian violin concerto 1690 – 1740, and subsequently a two-year post as Turner Sims Professor. He is curating La Serenissima’s first ever residency The Grand Tour at St John’s Smith Square, London during the 2016/17 season.
La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s La Sena festeggiante and has now firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of eighteenth century Venice and connected composers.
Since its first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications including BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Gramophone Magazine, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Strad, La Stampa and Goldberg Magazine for its performances on the Avie Label. Their records have variously been nominated for a Gramophone Award (on multiple occasions), included in an elite Forbes List and featured on a hit American television soundtrack. In 2010 the group’s eighth release Vivaldi: The French Connection was awarded the Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Instrumental CD. La Serenissima celebrated its 21st birthday by recording Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Manchester version) alongside works for violino in tromba marina: a reconstruction project undertaken by violinist Adrian Chandler, luthier David Rattray and the musicologist Michael Talbot which was a first in modern times. Released in September 2015, the record entered the UK Specialist Classical Chart at number 8, was featured as ‘Editor’s Choice’ Gramophone Magazine, ‘Concerto Choice’ BBC Music Magazine, voted ‘Classical Album of the Year’ by the Irish Times and was ranked in the Top 3 Picks of Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library – The Four Seasons’ from a catalogue of albums dating back to the 1940s.
The ensemble prides itself on bringing seldom-heard works to the concert platform, including Vivaldi’s operas Ottone in villa, Giustino, Tito Manlio, La Fida Ninfa, Catone in Utica and L’Olimpiade as well as a host of instrumental rarities, many of which have been committed to disc. Works by other composers feature too such as Albinoni’s Il nascimento dell’Aurora and sacred vocal works by Caldara.

La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK’s leading festivals including Bath Bach, Beverley, Buxton, Cheltenham, Lichfield, South Bank, Spitalfields, Swansea International, Warwick and York Early Music festivals, and venues including St George’s Bristol, Snape Maltings, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. The group has also appeared in Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Spain to great acclaim. Nearly the entire repertoire of La Serenissima is edited by Director Adrian Chandler from manuscript or contemporary printed sources, a testament to its commitment and passion for rare and exciting Italian music; a feat which makes it unique amongst its peers.

Highlights of the 2015/2016 season include the culmination of UK tour The Four Seasons supported by Arts Council England and the beginning of the ensemble’s first ever residency at St John’s Smith Square, London entitled The Grand T our.


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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving Telemann. Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was considered by his contemporaries to be...
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Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving Telemann.
Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's music incorporates several national styles (French, Italian) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.

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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some...
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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

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Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV 54: D3: Intrada-Grave
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(Georg Philipp Telemann) La Serenissima
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Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV 54: D3: Allegro
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(Georg Philipp Telemann) La Serenissima
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Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV 54: D3: Largo
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(Georg Philipp Telemann) La Serenissima
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Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV 54: D3: Vivace
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(Georg Philipp Telemann) La Serenissima
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Concerto movement for violin, strings & continuo in a: Allegro
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(Johann Georg Pisendel) La Serenissima
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Concerto movement for 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in E flat: Allegro
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(Johann Georg Pisendel) La Serenissima
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Concerto movement for violin, 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, BWV 1045: Allegro
06:31
(Johann Sebastian Bach) La Serenissima
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Concerto for violin, bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat: Allegro
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(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) La Serenissima
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Concerto for violin, bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat: Adagio
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(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) La Serenissima
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Concerto for violin, bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat: Allegro
02:55
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) La Serenissima
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Concerto movement for violin & strings in B flat, RV 745: Allegro
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(Antonio Vivaldi) La Serenissima
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Concerto for strings & continuo in A, RV 158: Allegro molto
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(Antonio Vivaldi) La Serenissima
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Concerto for strings & continuo in A, RV 158: Andante molto
02:15
(Antonio Vivaldi) La Serenissima
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Concerto for strings & continuo in A, RV 158: Allegro
03:34
(Antonio Vivaldi) La Serenissima
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Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings & continuo in D, FaWV LD3: Allegro
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(Johann Friedrich Fasch) La Serenissima
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Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings & continuo in D, FaWV LD3: Andante
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(Johann Friedrich Fasch) La Serenissima
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Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings & continuo in D, FaWV LD3: Allegro
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(Johann Friedrich Fasch) La Serenissima
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