Vladimir Waltham, cello
Vivaldi Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in E, RV 281; Concerto for strings & continuo in A, RV 158; ‘Concerto Madrigalesco’ for strings and continuo in D, RV 129; Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in A, RV 353
Brescianello Overture con Una Chiacona for strings & continuo in D; Concerto for violin, cello, strings & continuo in B flat
La Serenissima, led from the violin by Adrian Chandler, is one of Europe’s most dynamic baroque groups. In this programme they focus on concerti and overtures by two great Italian composers, contemporaries whose careers couldn’t have been more different: Vivaldi was rarely out of the international limelight; Bresicanello never found it. Brescianello’s output was relatively limited, whilst Vivaldi’s prolificacy was legendary, second only perhaps to that of Telemann.
Yet despite their apparent differences, both composers produced concerti of the highest order that, brimming with energy and virtuosity. Vivaldi’s powerful influence can be found in much of Brescianello’s music. Did Brescianello meet Vivaldi whilst working in Venice as a valet for the exiled Empress of Bavaria in the early 1710s? Vivaldi’s place in the pantheon of great composers is not in question, but Brescianello’s concerti and suites make a compelling case for his admittance to this select group.