The Four Seasons are some of the most famous works from Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi, as such, it is the perfect music to celebrate La Serenissima’s 21st anniversary. Published as part of his Opus 8 in 1725, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons were quick to gain popularity. The composer’s autograph manuscript has since been lost, but in Manchester, UK, there survives a set of parts in the hand of Vivaldi’s father which possibly reflect an earlier version of The Four Seasons. Being an earlier version it is likely that this manuscript will reflect the Antonio Vivaldi’s intention more fully. For this reason Adrian Chandler transcribed the version of The Four Seasons found on this album from the Manuscript found in the Henry Watson Library in Manchester.
Also on this album, La Serenissima are joined by Peter Whelan on Bassoon for Concerto La Notte and Concerto per Maestro de Morzin; and Adrian Chandler performs the world premiere recordings of Vivaldi’s Concertos for violin in tromba marina in D and G.
La Serenissima specialises in the historical performance of music by Italian baroque composers, of which Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, is possibly one of the most well-known pieces. The Four Seasons is truly a celebration worthy of their 21st anniversary.
“This is an ensemble that clearly loves Vivaldi. Their energy, enthusiasm and passion for the music shines through and casts a new light on a very familiar work.” Classic FM
“The Sheer joy of musicianship on display here draws us in and keeps us fully engrossed.” Musicweb International
“…an intensely dramatic account that will add new spice to what has for many listeners perhaps come to resemble a dreary domestic relationship.” Gramophone Magazine