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Antonio Vivaldi
L'Amore per Elvira

La Serenissima
Mhairi Lawson, soprano
Adrian Chandler, violin & director


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L'Amore per Elvira represents an exciting new venture between Linn Records and La Serenissima: Vivaldi's Elvira cantatas alongside two (newly reconstructed) 'Graz' sonatas for violin and continuo.   Vivaldi's fortyodd cantatas for solo soprano and alto contain some of his finest and most inspired music - output which until recently was relatively unknown.   Not long ago the performance of these three cantatas, for example, would have been impossible: Tremori al braccio was discovered as recently as 1999 by Oliver Fourés in Vienna.   This disc gives the listener the chance to at last enjoy these great works, superbly performed by La Serenissima.

La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's serenata 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 release of its first CD in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications such as Gramophone, the Sunday Times and BBC Music.

    “dazzling, eloquent technique” - Classic FM

    “hair raising panache” - International Record Review

    “superbly stylish … sails off into the stratosphere” - Evening Standard
Antonio VIVALDI (1678 -1741)

Sonata ‘Graz’ (No.3) for violin & continuo in D, RV 11
      (reconstruction: Adrian Chandler)
  1. Largo       3.29
  2. Allegro       3.23
  3. Largo       2.32
  4. Allegro       2.58

Cantata Tremori al braccio for soprano & continuo, RV 799
  5. Recitativo: Tremori al braccio       1.36
  6. Aria - Andante: Qyando chiami dolce, e cara       6.25
  7. Recitativo: Ah nò, mid cara Elvira       0.47
  8. Aria - Largo: Quello che senti, ò bella       5.40

Sonata for violin, cello & continuo in C minor, RV 83
  9. Allegro       2.30
10. Largo       3.52
11. Allegro       2.37

Cantata Elvira, anima mia for soprano & continuo, RV 654
12. Recitativo: Elvira, anima mia       1.25
13. Aria - Larghetto: Partirò, ma vedrai quanto       5.15
14. Recitativo: Passo al rogo fatal       1.06
15. Aria - Allegro non molto: Pupille vaghe       3.12

Sonata ‘Graz’ (No.2) for violin & continuo in B minor, RV 37
      (reconstruction: Adrian Chandler)
16. Largo       3.31
17. Allegro       3.08
18. Largo       2.10
19. Allegro       3.16

Cantata Lungi dal vago volto for soprano, violin & continuo, RV 680
20. Recitativo: Lungi dal vago volto       2.02
21. Aria - Largo: Augelletti, voi col canto       8.39
22. Recitativo: Allegrezza, mio core       1.02
23. Aria - Allegro: Mi stringerai sì, sì       4.58

      Total Time     76.11

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