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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 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, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Fanfare, American Record Guide, The Strad, La Stampa and Goldberg Magazine. Its records have been nominated for Gramophone Awards (on multiple occasions), included in an elite Forbes List and featured on a hit American television soundtrack. In 2010 the group’s release 'Vivaldi: The French Connection' was awarded the Gramophone Award for Baroque Instrumental and their 2017 release 'The Italian Job' repeated this success. La Serenissima celebrated its 21st birthday in 2015 by recording Vivaldi’s The 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. The record spent several weeks in the UK Specialist Classical Chart, featured as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone, ‘Concerto Choice’ in the BBC Music Magazine, was voted ‘Classical Album of the Year’ by the Irish Times and 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’s 2018 release 'Vivaldi x2' was a disc of double concertos for pairs of horns and oboes, and violin and cello, which achieved wide recognition: ‘They really put the rock into baroque!’ John Suchet, Classic FM July 2018.

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, L’Olimpiade and Teuzzone, and it has recently given the UK premieres of Brescianello’s opera pastorale Tisbe and Caldara’s Lucio Papirio Dittatore for the Buxton International Festival. A host of instrumental rarities feature in the touring repertoire, many of which have been committed to disc.

La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK’s leading festivals including Bath, Beverley, Buxton, Cheltenham, Lichfi eld, South Bank, Spitalfields, Swansea and York Early Music festivals, and venues including St George’s Bristol, Snape Maltings, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall. The group has also performed in Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Spain to great acclaim. A long-standing affiliation with Martin Randall Travel has enabled La Serenissima to perform numerous bespoke programmes at music festivals throughout Europe. 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.

La Serenissima is privileged to have the support of its Honorary Patron, His Excellency The Italian Ambassador to the UK.


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