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La Serenissima
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La Serenissima

La Serenissima was formed in 1994 for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s La Senna festeggiante (RV693) 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 first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been universally applauded by publications such as Gramophone magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Fanfare, American Record Guide, The Independent, The Strad, La Stampa, Gaudisc and the Evening Standard for its performances and recordings.

Whilst works like the Four Seasons form an important part of La Serenissima’s repertoire, (one performance being described by The Independent as ‘bouncily eager to entertain, astonish and delight,’) La Serenissima pride themselves on bringing works seldom heard to the concert platform, including Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa (RV729), Giustino (RV724), Tito Manlio (RV717), Tremori al braccio (RV799), the violin sonata (RV798), the Concerto fatto per la Solennità della S. Lingua di S. Antonio in Padova, 1712 (RV212) and the two double violin concerti from his manuscript set La Cetra (RV520 and 526). Rarities by other composers include Albinoni’s Il Nascimento dell’Aurora, and Caldara’s Cantata per la Notte del Santissimo Natale.

La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK’s leading festivals and venues including South Bank Early Music Festival, Spitalfields, Warwick, Lichfield and the Beverley Early Music Festivals, York Early Music Festival, Cambridge Summer Music, St George’s Bristol and Snape Maltings. They have also appeared in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Mexico and Spain, all to great acclaim. They have performed for BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions.

2006 saw the release of their fourth disc with Avie Records, and the first of a series of three charting the development of the North Italian violin concerto.


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