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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Adrian Chandler (violin); Camilla Calicchio (violin); James O'Toole (viola); Jong On Oakki Lau (viola); La Serenissima;...
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  1. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), 4 concertos for violin, strings & continuo, Op. 8/1-4 ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4)
  2. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La notte"), RV 501
  3. Violin Concerto, for violin in tromba marina, strings & continuo in D major, RV 221
  4. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 496
  5. Violin Concerto, for violin in tromba marina, strings & continuo in G major, RV 311
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There are several attractions to this release by violinist Adrian Chandler and his English historical-instrument group La Serenissima. One is the presence of a pair of world premieres, which despite the size of Vivaldi's output are not as common as they used to be. These are a pair of concertos for the violin in tromba marina, an instrument so rare that one had to be reconstructed for this recording. It's a three-stringed violin, apparently an elaboration of a monochord that was intended to evoke the sound of a marine ...

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