La Serenissima at the London Festival of Baroque Music

The Godfather 

A feast of instrumental colour with oboes, bassoons, trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo by the finest composers of the baroque


Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV 54: D3
Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681 – 1767)


Concerto movement for violin, strings & continuo in a
Johann Georg PISENDEL


Concerto movement for 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in E flat
Johann Georg PISENDEL (1687 – 1755)


Concerto movement for violin, 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, BWV 1045

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750)



Concerto for violin, cello, strings & continuo in B flat
Giuseppe BRESCIANELLO (1690 – 1758)


Concerto for strings & continuo in A, RV 158

Antonio VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)


Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings & continuo in D, FaWV LD3

Johann Friedrich FASCH (1688 – 1758)


Violin/Director – Adrian Chandler


The musical world of eighteenth-century Europe was a small one. Despite the problems presented by contemporary standards of transport, it was quite normal for composers in one part of Europe to be entirely au fait with what was happening elsewhere. This is borne out by the closeness of three German composers: Pisendel, godfather to one of Telemann’s children; Telemann, godfather to C.P.E. Bach; and J.S. Bach, who admired both his compatriots and composed some astoundingly difficult music for the violinist Pisendel.


This programme celebrates their music as well as the music of those who contributed to their musical heritage. Included alongside the German triumvirate are works by Vivaldi who actively helped with the composition of Pisendel’s A minor concerto movement, Fasch who was a great friend of Pisendel and Telemann, and Brescianello, an Italian who helped the dissemination of Italian instrumental music throughout the German-speaking lands and whose concertos were played in Dresden by Pisendel.


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