Vivaldi: The French Connection 2

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2218
Format: CD

Adrian Chandler, flute, director; La Serenissima: Katy Bircher, flute; Gail Hennessy, oboe; Peter Whelan, Bassoon

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
'Paris' Concerto No. 2 for strings & continuo in e, RV 133 / Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in a, RV 440 / Concerto for violin, oboe, strings, & continuo in F, RV 543 / Concerto for bassoon in C, RV 473 / Concerto Il Gran Mogol for flute, strings & continuo in d, RV 431a / *world premiere recording* 'Paris' Concerto No. 11 for strings & continuo in G, RV 150 / Concerto Intitolato La Notte for flute, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo in g, RV 104 / 'Paris' Concerto No. 7 for strings & continuo in d, RV 127 / Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat, RV 365

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 March 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.
In addition to its award-winning achievement, the original Vivaldi: The French Connection was a best-seller in 2010, reaching Number 3 on the Billboard Classical Chart.
critical acclaim for Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima
"Chandler is an impeccably stylish soloist ... he also directs La Serenissima in eloquently precise but excitingly spontaneous performances of unfailingly imaginative music." - The Sunday Times
"they play a series of exacting concertos with the effortless musicality of birds." - Independent on Sunday
"this is a disc to leave you with a spring in your step" - The Irish Times, * * * * *
Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima follow their Gramophone Award-winning Vivaldi: The French Connection, with The French Connection 2, featuring two world-premieres: Il Gran Mogol, the recently rediscovered Vivaldi Flute Concerto, a Violin Concerto, and seven other Vivaldi concertos.

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