The Four Seasons
Adrian Chandler, director / violin
Peter Whelan, bassoon
4th September 2015
Adrian Chandler, who founded the period-instrument ensemble La Serenissima 21 years ago, has produced a dozen enlightened, acclaimed and award-winning albums for AVIE. He has made world-premiere recordings of rediscovered works by Vivaldi and his 17th-century Italian contemporaries. He consistently applies a unique touch that combines erudition with approachability.
After many years of anticipation, Ade turns his attention to the touchstone of Vivaldi’s concerto output, The Four Seasons. As one has come to expect, he brings something unique to an interpretation brimming with vitality and originality. He has created his own, new edition based on the only surviving manuscript of these works.
Putting this most popular of classical works into context, Ade rounds out the recording with Vivaldi concertos for bassoon, including the famous La Notte, and world-premiere recordings of two concertos for the violino in tromba marina, a hitherto obsolete instrument that was used during Vivaldi’s lifetime, and that Ade has helped to recreate and bring back to life for 21st century music lovers.
Concerto per violino in tromba marina, strings & continuo in D, RV 221
Concerto per Maestro dè Morzin for bassoon, strings & continuo in g, RV 496
Concerto per violino in tromba marina, strings & continuo in G, RV 313
Concerto La Notte for bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat, RV 501
Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons (Manchester version)
Recorded 21 – 24 April 2015, Hospital of St. Cross Winchester
Producer: Simon Fox-Gal