La Serenissima presents a post-lockdown recording of the little-known 18th-century Italian composer, Brescianello. A contemporary of Vivaldi, Brescianello is a composer whose music languishes in relative obscurity. Whilst the mists of time have claimed some composers’ music for justifiable reasons, Brescianello’s music presents many compelling arguments for its restoration. Having first included Brescianello in La Serenissima’s 2014 season, they have since staged his opera Tisbe, recorded a violin concerto (Extra Time, SIGCD641), a trio sonata (Settecento, SIGCD663) and other works. It is surprising that the Opus 1 was the only set of works that Brescianello chose to publish and thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, La Serenissima have now been given the opportunity to start their exploration of this wonderful publication.
La Serenissima is recognised as the UK’s leading exponent of the music of 18th-century Venice and connected composers. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from source material, and it has been praised for its ‘glorious and all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project’ (Gramophone). La Serenissima has become synonymous with virtuosity, dynamism and accessibility, uncovering a plethora of new repertoire and making it available to all through live performance, high calibre recording work, education and outreach initiatives.
La Serenissima is recognised as the UK’s leading exponent of the music of eighteenth-century Venice and connected composers. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from source material, and it has been praised for its ‘glorious and all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project’ (Gramophone). La Serenissima has become synonymous with virtuosity, dynamism and accessibility, uncovering a plethora of new repertoire and making it available to all through live performance, high calibre recording work, education and outreach initiatives.
Since the first album was released in 2003, La Serenissima’s recordings have been applauded by numerous publications and have attracted multiple awards, besides being chosen to feature in international advertising (Versace 2018) and film (Portrait of a Lady on Fire 2020). In 2010, The French Connection won the Gramophone Award for ‘Baroque Instrumental’. The Four Seasons was released in 2015, spending several weeks in the UK Specialist Classical Chart and selected as Editor’s Choice (Gramophone) and Concerto Choice (BBC Music Magazine). In 2017, The Italian Job won a further Gramophone Award. The ensemble’s album Vivaldi x2 topped the UK Classical Chart upon release in 2018, with The Sunday Times writing that ‘under Adrian Chandler, the playing, vibrant yet polished to perfection, is superb.’ Album Extra Time was released during the first UK lockdown in 2020 with Gramophone remarking that ‘the music-making is top-drawer and joyous’. Most recently, La Serenissima’s album Settecento with rising star Tabea Debus received exhaustive radio play from all major UK radio stations and clocked up over 500,000 streams in the first month of release. The group’s recording legacy was featured on Sveriges Radio P2 every Sunday morning as part of Söndagsmorgon.
La Serenissima has performed throughout the UK and internationally in both urban and rural venues: many projects have reached new audiences through project funding from Arts Council England. In 2018 the group gave the first modern performance of Brescianello’s opera Tisbe for the Buxton Festival. In 2019 La Serenissima opened the London Festival of Baroque music, debuted at the Snape Proms and gave the modern premiere of Caldara’s opera Lucio Papirio Dittatore in Buxton; they also launched a new animateur-led outreach programme for key-stage 2 children as part of The Godfather tour. The group performed for audiences at Valletta International Baroque Festival and in Cedars Hall, Wells early in 2020, before Covid-19 put a halt to its live music-making for over a year; La Serenissima was invited to perform in the Wigmore Hall’s prestigious live-stream series in March 2021.
La Serenissima is proud to have as its Honorary Patron, His Excellency The Italian Ambassador to the UK.