Buxton International Festival

La Serenissima

Settecento – Baroque Instrumental music from the Italian StatesSt John's Churchbutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

Tabea Debus recorder
Adrian Chandler and Camilla Scarlett violin 
Vladimir Waltham cello
Robert Howarth harpsichord

Vivaldi Concerto for recorder, 2 violins & continuo in A, RV 10
Tartini Sonata for violin & continuo in A, Op 1/5, B.e6
dall’Abaco Sonata for violin & continuo in G, Op 4/11
Mancini Sonata for recorder, 2 violins & continuo in G
Vandini Sonata for cello & continuo in A
Brescianello Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in B
Scarlatti Sonata for recorder, 2 violins & continuo in C

The recent rise in popularity of Italian baroque music has been quite remarkable, yet our knowledge of the repertoire still only extends in reality to the bigger players such as Vivaldi, Corelli, Tartini and Albinoni. There were however a host of other talented composers whose music has largely been ignored or ill-appreciated to date.

This programme explores the hidden depths of some of these more esoteric composers; Vandini was a great friend and colleague of Tartini and was also (for a period) employed alongside Vivaldi at the Ospedale della Pietà; Brescianello was a talented composer who was extremely influenced by (and possibly studied with) Vivaldi whose career took him to the court of Munich before becoming Maestro di Capella of the Württemburg court in Stuttgart; Dall’Abaco was also employed at the Munich court where he befriended Brescianello.

In addition to this fine music for strings we have included three pieces of the greatest virtuosity for recorder and strings. Vivaldi wrote a considerable amount for the instrument whilst both Scarlatti and Mancini contributed to a Neapolitan manuscript of 34 concertos for recorder and strings.

La Serenissima was founded in 1994, by the extraordinary Adrian Chandler, and their virtuosic skills, matched by the depth of their research and winning way of engaging their audiences with their fresh performances have been enlivening Buxton audiences for several years. As specialists in Italian Baroque music along the secret byways as well as the highways, they have no peers. You may know some of the music they choose here, but probably not all! 

  • Duration: 1hr 30mins
  • Price: £25