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About La Serenissima

Since its formation in 1994, La Serenissima has established a reputation as a top historical-performance group in the U.K. and beyond, balancing original scholarly content with accessible playing that has had a broad appeal and has even been featured on U.S. television. "La Serenissima" is part of the formal name for the city-state of Venice, in full La Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, or The Most Serene Republic of Venice. Indeed, the group has specialized in the music of Antonio Vivaldi and other Venetian composers, gradually broadening its focus, but often retaining a strong sense of Baroque music as it lives in a specific place.

La Serenissima first came into existence as an ad hoc group formed for a 1994 performance of the rarely heard Vivaldi trio serenade La sena festeggiante, RV 693. Its director was violinist Adrian Chandler, a native of Merseyside and a graduate of the Royal College of Music, who studied both modern and Baroque violin. When he formed La Serenissima, he was still a student.

La Serenissima recorded its first album, Per Monsieur Pisendel, in 2003. The album featured music of Johann Georg Pisendel, a German violin virtuoso and composer; Chandler himself was the soloist. The group has recorded unusual material, generally working from manuscript sources, but has also recorded works as familiar as Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos (in 2016, albeit in an unusual English edition). Between 2006 and 2008 they released a three-album series devoted to the rise of the northern Italian violin concerto, and the following year saw the appearance of Vivaldi: The French Connection, an album examining the popularity of Vivaldi's music in France.

Even with its scholarly orientation, La Serenissima has released albums such as Venice at Night (2012) that are aimed squarely at general audiences. Their second Pisendel album, Per Monsieur Pisendel 2 (2014), was featured in the U.S. television series The Originals. La Serenissima issued The Italian Job, an album devoted to virtuoso concertos from various Italian cities, in 2017. ~ James Manheim

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