La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler

The Godfather: Masters of the German & Italian Baroque

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The "Godfather" title of his collection by violinist/director Adrian Chandler and his historical-instrument group La Serenissima does not indicate any connection to organized crime, signifying simply that the composers represented were "movers and shakers" who traveled around Europe and exerted a good deal of influence. It's perhaps a thin concept, but the program is well-chosen, including unknown composers and works put together in a dynamic, high-contrast mix. Chandler includes Italianate concertos and big, trumpet-dominated German works by Telemann and Fasch, but his point is that the styles by the second quarter of the 18th century were mixing freely, sometimes in the same piece. An example is the Concerto movement for violin, three trumpets, timpani, two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo in D major, BWV 1045, a rarely played piece (probably because it's a torso) that's tremendously exciting and deftly weaves together multiple instruments and styles. There is also some not terribly common Vivaldi, a concerto by the little-known Giovanni Antonio Brescianello, and some pieces by Pisendel, an associate of Bach, who closely followed Italian trends. It all hangs together nicely, and Chandler and La Serenissima play the music with zest. The program ends with a bang in the form of a Fasch concerto for violin, two oboes, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, strings, and continuo in D major, and it makes one want to hear these musicians in person.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV 54 D3
1 02:41 Amazon
2 02:53 Amazon
3 02:31 Amazon
4 03:08 Amazon
5 04:18 Amazon
6 06:15 Amazon
7 06:32 Amazon
Concerto for violin, bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat
8 04:03 Amazon
9 05:06 Amazon
10 02:54 Amazon
11 03:52 Amazon
Concerto for strings & continuo in A, RV 158
12 02:39 Amazon
13 02:14 Amazon
14 03:34 Amazon
Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings & continuo in D, FaWV LD3
15 03:55 Amazon
16 02:15 Amazon
17 05:17 Amazon
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