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Forza azzurri! Music by Dall’Abaco, Brescianello, Sammartini, Vivaldi and Zavateri
Various composers

La Serenissima

Forza azzurri! Music by Dall’Abaco, Brescianello, Sammartini, Vivaldi and Zavateri

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212070529
Catnr: SIGCD 705
Release date: 10 February 2023
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Signum Classics
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0635212070529
Catalogue number
SIGCD 705
Release date
10 February 2023
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About the album

Looking at the variety of Italian baroque instrumental music on offer to today’s listener, one could be forgiven for thinking that Vivaldi had faced little competition during his lifetime. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Whilst the volume of music that flowed from Vivaldi’s pen was unusually plentiful, many other composers were needed to fulfil the needs of the regional courts and churches throughout Italy. Expert early-music ensemble La Serenissima perform works by Lorenzo Gaetano Zavateri, Giuseppe Sammartini, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco and Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello alongside works by Vivaldi on this new album of Italian Baroque masterpieces.

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La Serenissima

Recognised for ‘whipping up a storm with Vivaldi’, La Serenissima is ‘one of Britain’s best-loved chamber orchestras’ (The Telegraph). The group has uncovered a plethora of neglected music, making it available to all through live performance, recording and outreach. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from source material by founder and violinist, Adrian Chandler OSI. Established in 1994, La Serenissima is recognised for its outstanding recording catalogue, which is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and international radio; as well as in worldwide advertising (Beats, 2022) and film (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2020). The group has twice won the Gramophone Award for ‘Baroque Instrumental’ for The French Connection (2010) and The Italian Job (2017). La Serenissima...
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Recognised for ‘whipping up a storm with Vivaldi’, La Serenissima is ‘one of Britain’s best-loved chamber orchestras’ (The Telegraph). The group has uncovered a plethora of neglected music, making it available to all through live performance, recording and outreach. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from source material by founder and violinist, Adrian Chandler OSI.

Established in 1994, La Serenissima is recognised for its outstanding recording catalogue, which is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and international radio; as well as in worldwide advertising (Beats, 2022) and film (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2020). The group has twice won the Gramophone Award for ‘Baroque Instrumental’ for The French Connection (2010) and The Italian Job (2017). La Serenissima topped the UK Classical Chart in 2018 with album Vivaldi x2.

The ensemble’s growing online following is evidenced by more than a 1.3 million monthly Spotify listeners; their 2015 recording of The Four Seasons is now ‘potentially the most streamed interpretation ever’ (Gramophone). Forza Azzurri! (2022) was featured on Italian Radio:24 – “No irony, simply the umpteenth demonstration of the love of Adrian Chandler, founder and director of the La Serenissima ensemble, for our country and for our music.” The group creates digital outreach resources for everyone, available on YouTube, and opportunities for young professional instrumentalists from across the globe via Emerging Artist Chairs. ‘Discovering Vivaldi’, a 50-minute podcast, was enabled by Culture Recovery Funding in 2022 – helping La Serenissima to reach audiences in different ways.

La Serenissima has performed throughout the UK and internationally in concert series and festivals including London Festival of Baroque Music, MustonenFest (Estonia), Handel-Festspiele (Germany), Valletta International Baroque Festival (Malta) and International Cervantes Festival (Mexico). The group has given the UK premiere of Brescianello’s opera Tisbe (2018) and the modern premiere of Caldara’s opera Lucio Papirio Dittatore (2019). The group’s ‘exquisite playing’ (The Guardian) has featured in two Monteverdi productions at Longborough Festival Opera since the pandemic. La Serenissima celebrates its 30th Anniversary at London’s Wigmore Hall during 2024-5 with a residency ‘The A-Z of the Italian Baroque’.

La Serenissima is proud to have as its Honorary Patron, His Excellency The Ambassador of Italy to the UK.


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Adrian Chandler (conductor)

Born on Merseyside in 1974, Adrian Chandler is recognised as one of today’s leading interpreters of Italian baroque music. Whilst a student at the Royal College of Music, Adrian founded La Serenissima with whom he has performed as Director/Soloist at major festivals internationally, and has recorded extensively for the Avie label (winning a Gramophone Award in 2010). He has been Guest Director/Soloist with many ensembles, most recently at Oslo Chamber Music Festival. Adrian’s performances have been broadcast extensively worldwide; his disc of virtuoso violin sonatas Per Monsieur Pisendel 2 released in 2014 attracted rave reviews and featured on the soundtrack of hit American TV series The Originals. His interpretation of The Four Seasons was released in 2015 to outstanding critical...
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Born on Merseyside in 1974, Adrian Chandler is recognised as one of today’s leading interpreters of Italian baroque music. Whilst a student at the Royal College of Music, Adrian founded La Serenissima with whom he has performed as Director/Soloist at major festivals internationally, and has recorded extensively for the Avie label (winning a Gramophone Award in 2010). He has been Guest Director/Soloist with many ensembles, most recently at Oslo Chamber Music Festival. Adrian’s performances have been broadcast extensively worldwide; his disc of virtuoso violin sonatas Per Monsieur Pisendel 2 released in 2014 attracted rave reviews and featured on the soundtrack of hit American TV series The Originals. His interpretation of The Four Seasons was released in 2015 to outstanding critical reception.

Known for his virtuosity and commitment as performer, Adrian also works tirelessly to research and edit new repertoire for La Serenissima. He held an Arts and Humanities Research Council fellowship in 2006 at Southampton University to research the development of the North Italian violin concerto 1690 – 1740, and subsequently a two-year post as Turner Sims Professor. He is curating La Serenissima’s first ever residency The Grand Tour at St John’s Smith Square, London during the 2016/17 season.
La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s La Sena festeggiante and has now firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of eighteenth century Venice and connected composers.
Since its first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications including BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Gramophone Magazine, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Strad, La Stampa and Goldberg Magazine for its performances on the Avie Label. Their records have variously been nominated for a Gramophone Award (on multiple occasions), included in an elite Forbes List and featured on a hit American television soundtrack. In 2010 the group’s eighth release Vivaldi: The French Connection was awarded the Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Instrumental CD. La Serenissima celebrated its 21st birthday by recording Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Manchester version) alongside works for violino in tromba marina: a reconstruction project undertaken by violinist Adrian Chandler, luthier David Rattray and the musicologist Michael Talbot which was a first in modern times. Released in September 2015, the record entered the UK Specialist Classical Chart at number 8, was featured as ‘Editor’s Choice’ Gramophone Magazine, ‘Concerto Choice’ BBC Music Magazine, voted ‘Classical Album of the Year’ by the Irish Times and was ranked in the Top 3 Picks of Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library – The Four Seasons’ from a catalogue of albums dating back to the 1940s.
The ensemble prides itself on bringing seldom-heard works to the concert platform, including Vivaldi’s operas Ottone in villa, Giustino, Tito Manlio, La Fida Ninfa, Catone in Utica and L’Olimpiade as well as a host of instrumental rarities, many of which have been committed to disc. Works by other composers feature too such as Albinoni’s Il nascimento dell’Aurora and sacred vocal works by Caldara.

La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK’s leading festivals including Bath Bach, Beverley, Buxton, Cheltenham, Lichfield, South Bank, Spitalfields, Swansea International, Warwick and York Early Music festivals, and venues including St George’s Bristol, Snape Maltings, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. The group has also appeared in Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Spain to great acclaim. Nearly the entire repertoire of La Serenissima is edited by Director Adrian Chandler from manuscript or contemporary printed sources, a testament to its commitment and passion for rare and exciting Italian music; a feat which makes it unique amongst its peers.

Highlights of the 2015/2016 season include the culmination of UK tour The Four Seasons supported by Arts Council England and the beginning of the ensemble’s first ever residency at St John’s Smith Square, London entitled The Grand T our.


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Composer(s)

Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some...
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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

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Giuseppe Sammartini

Giuseppe Sammartini was an Italian composer and oboeist. He was the older brother of the composer and organist Giovanni Battista Sammartini. Both were sons of the French oboeist Alexis Saint-Martin, who was known as Alessio Sammartini in Milan; their mother Gerolama de Federici came from a family of famous Milanese oboeists. Giuseppe Sammartini grew out to be one of the most famous oboe-virtuosos of his time.  He started studying the oboe with his father and for years he took place in the orchestra of the Teatro Regio Ducal in Milan. He was already regarded as a virtuoso then. His play was said to be lyrical and was often compared to the human voice. In 1727, he had built such a good reputation...
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Giuseppe Sammartini was an Italian composer and oboeist. He was the older brother of the composer and organist Giovanni Battista Sammartini. Both were sons of the French oboeist Alexis Saint-Martin, who was known as Alessio Sammartini in Milan; their mother Gerolama de Federici came from a family of famous Milanese oboeists. Giuseppe Sammartini grew out to be one of the most famous oboe-virtuosos of his time.

He started studying the oboe with his father and for years he took place in the orchestra of the Teatro Regio Ducal in Milan. He was already regarded as a virtuoso then. His play was said to be lyrical and was often compared to the human voice. In 1727, he had built such a good reputation that he could make a good living as a soloist in London, where he stayed until his death. George Frideric Handel, too, was impressed by his skills and dedicated several oboe solos in his operas to him. In London, Sammartini also had succes as a composer. In particular his sonatas were widely loved and were performed regularly. His solo concertos, however, were mostly published posthumously. Yet, these concertos revived in the 19th century. His style can be characterised as a typical baroque style, more so than his brother's, however at times classical influences can be heard as he makes of the sonata form and the rondo.


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01.
Introducione in G for Strings & Continuo: I. Largo e spicco – Allegro assai – Largo e spicco – Allegro assai – Largo e spicco – Adagio
03:16
(Lorenzo Gaetano Zavateri) La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Introducione in G for Strings & Continuo: II. Allegro
01:52
(Lorenzo Gaetano Zavateri) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
03.
Concerto for Recorder, Strings & Continuo in F Major: I. Allegro
04:05
(Giuseppe Sammartini) Adrian Chandler, Tabea Debus, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Recorder, Strings & Continuo in F Major: II. Largo
04:59
(Giuseppe Sammartini) Tabea Debus, Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Recorder, Strings & Continuo in F Major: III. Allegro assai
04:18
(Giuseppe Sammartini) Tabea Debus, Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
06.
Concerto No. 12 for Strings & Continuo in D Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro
03:04
(Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto No. 12 for Strings & Continuo in D Major, Op. 6: II. Grave
01:13
(Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto No. 12 for Strings & Continuo in D Major, Op. 6: III. Allegro mà non troppo
04:48
(Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
09.
Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in A, RV 353: I. Allegro
04:38
(Antonio Vivaldi) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in A, RV 353: II. Andante
02:53
(Antonio Vivaldi) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in A, RV 353: III. Allegro
03:47
(Antonio Vivaldi) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
12.
Concerto for Sopranino Recorder, Strings & Continuo in C Major, RV 433: I. Allegro
04:04
(Antonio Vivaldi) Tabea Debus, Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Sopranino Recorder, Strings & Continuo in C Major, RV 433: II. Largo
04:36
(Antonio Vivaldi) Tabea Debus, Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Sopranino Recorder, Strings & Continuo in C Major, RV 433: III. Allegro molto
03:11
(Antonio Vivaldi) Tabea Debus, Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
15.
Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in E Minor, RV 281: I. Allegro
04:01
(Antonio Vivaldi) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in E Minor, RV 281: II. Largo
03:10
(Antonio Vivaldi) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo in E Minor, RV 281: III. Allegro
04:19
(Antonio Vivaldi) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
18.
Overture-Suite for Strings & Continuo in D Major: I. Ouverture – Fuga
04:29
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Overture-Suite for Strings & Continuo in D Major: II. Aria – Allegro
01:59
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Overture-Suite for Strings & Continuo in D Major: III. Aria – Presto
01:29
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Overture-Suite for Strings & Continuo in D Major: IV. Rondeau
01:18
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Overture-Suite for Strings & Continuo in D Major: V. Bourée
01:02
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Overture-Suite for Strings & Continuo in D Major: VI. Aria – Adagio
02:09
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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Overture-Suite for Strings & Continuo in D Major: VI. Ciaccona
07:25
(Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello) Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
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