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La Serenissima

La Serenissima

La Serenissima has firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries.



Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

Vivaldi L’Amore per Elvira
Vivaldi L’Amore per Elvira
La Serenissima perform Vivaldi's Elvira cantatas alongside two newly-reconstructed 'Graz' sonatas. 

CKD 281  

La Serenissima

Adrian Chandler - director, violin
Mhairi Lawson - soprano
Gareth Deats - ‘cello
Eligio Quinteiro - theorbo
Joe McHardy - harpsichord

La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's La Senna festeggiante (RV 693) and ten years later, has firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries.

Since the first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications such as Gramophone Magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Independent, The Strad, La Stampa, Gaudisc and the Evening Standard for its performances and recordings.

Whilst works like the Four Seasons form an important part of La Serenissima's repertoire, (one performance being described by The Independent as ‘bouncily eager to entertain, astonish and delight,') La Serenissima pride themselves on bringing works seldom heard to the concert platform, including Vivaldi's Ottone in Villa (RV 729), Giustino (RV 724), Tito Manlio (RV 717), Tremori al braccio (RV 799), the violin sonata (RV 798), the Concerto fatto per la Solennità della S. Lingua di S. Antonio in Padova, 1712 (RV 212) and the two double violin concerti from his manuscript set La Cetra (RV 520 & 526). Rarities by other composers include Albinoni's Il Nascimento dell'Aurora, and Caldara's Cantata per la Notte del Santissimo Natale.

La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK's leading festivals and venues including South Bank Early Music Festival, Spitalfields, Warwick, Lichfield and the Beverley Early Music Festivals, York Early Music Festival, Cambridge Summer Music, St George's Bristol and Snape Maltings. They have also appeared in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Mexico and most recently Spain, all to great acclaim. They have performed for BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions.

2006 sees the release of their fourth disc, and the first of a series of three charting the development of the North Italian violin concerto. This will coincide with promotional concerts in the UK and Spain. The 2006/7 season sees tours of the Elvira programme to Spain, Ireland and the UK.  - director, violin
Mhairi Lawson - soprano
Gareth Deats - ‘cello
Eligio Quinteiro - theorbo
Joe McHardy - harpsichord

La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's La Senna festeggiante (RV 693) and ten years later, has firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries.

Since the first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications such as Gramophone Magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Independent, The Strad, La Stampa, Gaudisc and the Evening Standard for its performances and recordings.

Whilst works like the Four Seasons form an important part of La Serenissima's repertoire, (one performance being described by The Independent as ‘bouncily eager to entertain, astonish and delight,') La Serenissima pride themselves on bringing works seldom heard to the concert platform, including Vivaldi's Ottone in Villa (RV 729), Giustino (RV 724), Tito Manlio (RV 717), Tremori al braccio (RV 799), the violin sonata (RV 798), the Concerto fatto per la Solennità della S. Lingua di S. Antonio in Padova, 1712 (RV 212) and the two double violin concerti from his manuscript set La Cetra (RV 520 & 526). Rarities by other composers include Albinoni's Il Nascimento dell'Aurora, and Caldara's Cantata per la Notte del Santissimo Natale.

La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK's leading festivals and venues including South Bank Early Music Festival, Spitalfields, Warwick, Lichfield and the Beverley Early Music Festivals, York Early Music Festival, Cambridge Summer Music, St George's Bristol and Snape Maltings. They have also appeared in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Mexico and most recently Spain, all to great acclaim. They have performed for BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions.

2006 sees the release of their fourth disc, and the first of a series of three charting the development of the North Italian violin concerto. This will coincide with promotional concerts in the UK and Spain. The 2006/7 season sees tours of the Elvira programme to Spain, Ireland and the UK.


For further information - www.laserenissima.co.uk
Hi-Fi & Musik
5 Stars
"...härlig musik- och ljudkvalitet..."
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
...bright-toned, immaculately articulated vivacity ...
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Gramophone
...memorable boldness and imagination.
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Classic FM Magazine
4 Stars
A 'splendid' recording
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Klassik.com
4½ Stars
'Mhairi Lawson erzählt wunderbar mit ihrem flirrend leichten Sopran...'
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MusicWebInternational.com
The disc is definitely high on my list of recommendations for this year.
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
...a very listenable and very charming little collection.
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International Record Review
Impressive music-making, perceptive Vivaldi performances.
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Manchester Evening News
...an immensely enjoyable programme, one you can just sit down and listen to from end to end.
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21 November 2014 to 21 November 2014
England
St George’s, Great George Street, Bristol, Avon, England , United Kingdom
Vivaldi — The Red Priest

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014
England
The Stable Theatre, Milton Keynes England United Kingdom
Per Monsieur Pisendel 2

01 December 2014 to 01 December 2014
England
Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth England United Kingdom
Per Monsieur Pisendel 2

04 December 2014 to 04 December 2014
England
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, Salisbury Road, Southampton, England United Kingdom
Vivaldi — The Red Priest

05 December 2014 to 05 November 2014
England
TBC, York England United Kingdom
Vivaldi — The Red Priest: York

19 February 2015 to 19 February 2015
England
St Mary's Bathwick, Bath England United Kingdom
Vivaldi — The Red Priest: Bath

24 February 2015 to 24 February 2015
England
St Mary's, Warwick England United Kingdom
Per Monsieur Pisendel 2

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015
England
Djanogly Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre, Niottingham England United kingdom
Concertos for 4 violins: Nottingham

19 March 2015 to 19 March 2015
England
The Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield england United Kingdom
Per Monsieur Pisendel 2

15 April 2015 to 15 April 2015
England
King’s Hall, Ilkley North Yorkshire England United Kingdom
Handel & the Italians: Ilkley

17 April 2015 to 17 April 2015
England, London
Cadogan Hall, London England United Kingdom
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Concerti per il violino in tromba marina — London

05 June 2015 to 05 June 2015
Scotland
Music Hall, Aberdeen Scotland United Kingdom
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Concerti per il violino in tromba marina — Aberdeen

20 June 2015 to 20 June 2015
England
All Saints Church, Boughton Aulph Kent England United kingdom
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Concerti per il violino in tromba marina — Stour

20 July 2015 to 20 July 2015
England
Buxton Opera House, Buxton England United Kingdom
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Concerti per il violino in tromba marina — Buxton

26 September 2015 to 26 September 2015
England
The Priory Church of St Mary & St Michael, Cumbria England United Kingdom
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Concerti per il violino in tromba marina — Cartmel Priory

20 November 2015 to 20 November 2015
England
St George's, Bristol England United Kingdom
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Concerti per il violino in tromba marina — Bristol

03 December 2015 to 03 December 2015
England
TBC, Chichester England United Kingdom
Handel & the Italians: Chichester