L?amore Per Elvira

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Label: Linn Records
Catalog: CKR281
Format: COMPACT DISC

LA SERENISSIMA CHANDLER LAWSON

In 2006 La Serenissima released its superb debut recording featuring two world premiere recordings. Now, that album is being reissued. L’Amore per Elvira, written for the Mantuan court around 1716-20, consists of three cantatas, each featuring soprano Mhairi Lawson. In Tremori al braccio, RV 799 the lover, Fileno, trembles at his inability to confess his love to Elvira, only overcoming his reticence in the finale. In the second work Elvira, anima mia, RV 654, Fileno bears the sad tidings to Elvira that he must leave for a while and asks for one last kiss before he leaves. In the final work, Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680, the returning Fileno spies Elvira in the distance and he finally reaches her in the happy concluding aria. The two ‘Graz’ sonatas, housed in the Diozesanarchiv in Graz, are presented here for the first time. Their brass parts, which were previously missing, have been carefully reconstructed by Adrian Chandler in order to make this recording possible. The final work, the Sonata in C minor for violin and cello, RV 83, represents the only sonata of this type known to have been written by Vivaldi and is notable for its three-movement concerto layout. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019 La Serenissima, led by violinist Adrian Chandler, is recognized as the UK’s leading exponent of the music of eighteenth century Venice and connected composers.

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