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on 2 January 2013
There is no shortage of excellent British groups specialising in baroque music but La Serenissima is among the very best of them. I came properly to grips with them only recently when driving through fog and rain to Glasgow one Saturday morning. When Classic FM played Albinoni's Sinfonia in G minor I nearly ran off the motorway with the sheer joy of the radiant playing. The musicality and warmth of the playing here matches the crisply articulated sonorities of their persuasively baroque sound. With contributions from the bright-toned Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Simon Munday (trumpet) and Peter Whelan (bassoon) this is a thoughtfully programmed disc, with varied orchestral textures constantly delighting the ear. Violin concertos alternate with bassoon concertos and trumpet concertos, which in turn are interspersed with vocal glories, sometimes accompanied by continuo and strings, sometimes by intimate solo guitar. This stylish shaping of a real programme makes the disc a far cry from the dutiful traipsing through opus numbers for tidiness' sake that Venetian music often seems to provoke among musicians. Points also need to awarded for the fact that there are three first recordings here, by Pollarolo, Lotti and an anonymous piece for soprano and guitar. Vivaldi has his rightful place but there are lesser known names here, too, that also find convincing advocates in La Serenissima. Sound quality excellent throughout.
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on 6 April 2013
a perfect combination and really bring back memories of this beautiful city . Makes me want to go back later this year.
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on 27 September 2013
Somewhat bland. I had expected a greater variety of music but as usual it is beautifully played by La Serenissima.
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on 17 December 2012
Venice is a beautiful place, my wife and i have been there twice, such a lot of history attached to it. we are both fans of classical music, particularly albinoni and vivaldi.
the disc is superb.
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