Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vivaldi Intrigue

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vivaldi Intrigue

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La Serenissima St John's Smith Square

THE canard that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 500 times over was shot down years ago.

As more and more of his music enters the mainstream repertoire, it becomes increasingly clear just what a magnificent corpus of works was waiting to be uncovered.

The ensemble La Serenissima, named after the city in which he held a teaching post at the Pio Ospedale della Pietc, or orphanage, specialises in the music of Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries. Under the dynamic leadership of Adrian Chandler, the ensemble is constantly bringing unfamiliar works to our attention.

Last night's programme entitled Music for the Chapel of the Pietc, presented a number of such works, though one that had never been heard before, at least in this form, was written for Padua. It was the intriguingly titled Concerto for the Feast of the Holy Tongue of St Anthony of Padua, the score of which Chandler has recently reconstructed from waterdamaged manuscripts. …

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