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  • Performer: La Serenissima, Katy Bircher
  • Conductor: Adrian Chandler
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B004JUTKX0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 'Paris' Concerto # 2 for strings & continuo in e, RV 133 - Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
4. Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in a, RV 440 - Allegro non molto
5. Larghetto
6. Allegro
7. Concerto for violin, oboe, strings, & continuo in F, RV 543 - Allegro
8. Allegro alla Francese
9. Allegro
10. Minuet
11. Concerto for bassoon in C, RV 473 - Allegro
12. Largo
13. Minuet
14. Concerto Il Gran Mogul for flute, strings & continuo in d, RV 431a - Allegro non molto (world premie
15. Larghetto (world premiere recording)
16. Allegro (world premiere recording)
17. 'Paris' Concerto # 11 for strings & continuo in G, RV 150 - Allegro
18. Andante
19. Minuet Allegro
20. Concerto Intitolato La Notte for flute, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo in g, RV 104 - Largo
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Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima, winners of 2010’s Gramophone Award in the Baroque Instrumental category for Vivaldi: The French Connection, present the sequel, The French Connection 2, which features the world-premiere recording of Il Gran mogul, the lost Vivaldi Flute Concerto recently rediscovered in the National Archives of Scotland.

Unearthing of the score – which has been authenticated by the world’s leading Vivaldi scholars – made international, mainstream news and this first recording, by today’s leading exponents of the music of Vivaldi, is eagerly anticipated.

The album contains nine concertos in all; The French Connection enjoyed success on both sides of the pond, with a Top 3 Billboard Classical Chart position and nationwide airplay in the US as well as the UK.

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(4 stars) Another intriguing, excellently packaged and delivered volume in Chandler's Vivaldi series...the playing is beautifully articulated...first-class work from the soloists.
-- The Sunday Times, (Stephen Pettitt), July 17, 2011

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2011
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Aren't coincidences fascinating? Last April, I read a book on Vivaldi's music for flute (and reviewed it on Amazon in the same month). One of the chapters contained a postscript about some lost recorder concertos, mentioned in the sales catalogue of Dutch bookseller, Nicholaas Selhof. One of the concertos listed there, Il Gran Mogol, was duly discovered in the same month, ie April 2010, in an Edinburgh library! This CD features the world premiere recording of that concerto (together with another first - the premiere of the violin concerto, RV365).

As it happened, the discovery didn't prove quite as revolutionary as was hoped. Il Gran Mogol contains music that has been known about for a long time - and available on the excellent Opus 111 label. The Concerto in d is a variant of RV431 in e (as its redesignation of RV431a testifies). But whereas RV431 is missing its slow movement, this one is complete. And it is the quality of the slow movement, with its beautifully simple and sinuous lines, that more than makes up for the 'duplicated' outer movements. Vivaldi's works for flute comprise his most consistently inventive and engaging compositions in the concerto genre, and this one is up there with the best of them. Reviewing the world premier performance (also by La Serenissima, last January) the Guardian seemed more interested in the find than in the music itself and damned the piece with faint praise, calling it 'good'. RV431a certainly merits more than such a lukewarm description. Especially when the solo flute is played by Katy Bircher, who gives a vastly superior reading to whoever it was that played an unaccompanied snatch of the slow movement shortly after its discovery (sorry, whoever).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaveL on 26 Jan. 2012
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We attended a concert in Southampton in December 2011 and heard the entire contents of this CD played by La Serenissima and were absolutely captivated. We had not heard any of the content before so it was very new and refreshing; whilst the performance of this orchestra was excellent and we decided to buy it as soon as possible. We would thoroughly recommend this CD to all Vivaldi lovers and those people that love Baroque music played in a lively and talented manner.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Smith on 15 Aug. 2011
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The French Connection 2 did not disappoint, but then Vivaldi's concerto's for flute are some of his brightest.

Having played and replayed both volumes I look forward to more from this ensemble of Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima.
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