Vivaldi: The French Connection 2 | Concertos for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Bassoon & Strings

Vivaldi: The French Connection 2 | Concertos for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Bassoon & Strings


Katy Bircher, fluteGail Hennessy, oboe
Peter Whelan, bassoon

Adrian Chandler, violin/director
La Serenissima

Release Date:

20th June 2011

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£12.99 (1CD | 36 page booklet)



“Chandler has put together a fascinating programme among which are some rarities including two ‘world premiere recordings’…Katy Bircher and Chandler himself are the respective soloists [in RV431a] and their warm-sounding, eloquently stylish playing is a constant delight”
★★★★★ – BBC Music Magazine

“Chandler’s tight control gives freedom not constriction. The ensemble is spotless even on the whipping string flourishes of Paris Concerto No. 2 Every detail has meaning”
★★★★★ – Classic FM

“Chandler counts further success with a second volume of concertos whose gallicisms range from patrons to genuine style-imprints, to the provenance of the original manuscript paper… La Serenissima remain buoyant and sweet, eschewing the taut, opaque sound of many of today’s Baroque orchestras, and embracing something more relaxed and open, helped by a pleasing bloom”
– Gramophone

“Another intriguing, excellently packaged and delivered volume in Chandler’s Vivaldi series. He is as much scholar as performer, and his notes offer useful background about the musical exchanges between France and Italy…The playing is beautifully articulated, with first-class work from the soloists”
★★★★ – The Sunday Times


Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima, winners of the 2010 Gramophone Award in the Baroque Instrumental category for Vivaldi: The French Connection (AV 2178), present the sequel, The French Connection 2, which features the world-premiere recording of Il Gran Mogol, the lost Vivaldi Flute Concerto recently rediscovered in the National Archives of Scotland. The album contains a further eight varied concertos by Vivaldi, including another world-premiere recording of a Violin Concerto.

Mainstream international media focused their attention on the unearthing of Il Gran Mogol and did so again in February when the work was released first as a digital download. This premiere recording, by today’s leading exponents of the music of Vivaldi, did not disappoint and resulted in headline features in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Classic FM and numerous other international media.



‘Paris’ Concerto 2 for strings & continuo in e, RV 133 (6:16)
1. Allegro (2:25)
2. Largo (1:55)
3. Allegro (1:57)

Concerto for violin, oboe, strings, & continuo in F, RV 543 (7:37)
4. Allegro (2:18)
5. Allegro alla Francese (1:36)
6. Allegro (1:56)
7. Minuet (1:47)

Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in a, RV 440 (8:58)
8. Allegro non molto (3:26)
9. Larghetto (2:39)
10. Allegro (2:54)

Concerto for bassoon, strings & continuo in C, RV 473 (15:36)
11. Allegro (3:35)
12. Largo (4:09)
13. Minuet (7:53)

Concerto Il Gran Mogul for flute, strings & continuo in d, RV 431a (7:59)
14. Allegro non molto (3:31)
15. Larghetto (2:07)
16. Allegro (2:21)
world premiere recording

‘Paris’ Concerto 11 for strings & continuo in G, RV 150 (4:21)
17. Allegro (1:24)
18. Andante (1:20)
19. Minuet Allegro (1:37)

Concerto Intitolato La Notte for flute, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo in g, RV 104 (9:33)
20. Largo (1:53)
21. Presto: Fantasmi – Largo – Andante (1:54)
22. Presto (1:08)
23. Largo: Il Sonno (1:46)
24. Allegro (2:52)

‘Paris’ Concerto 7 for strings & continuo in d, RV 127 (4:16)
25. Allegro (1:35)
26. Largo ( 1:21)
27. Allegro (1:21)

Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in B flat, RV 365 (13:08)
28. Allegro poco (5:15)
29. Largo ( 3:53)
30. Allegro (early version) (4:00)
world premiere recording

Total Duration: 79:03

Recorded 8–11 February, 2011at the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, England,
Recording producer: Simon Fox-Gál

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