"The rise of the North Italian violin concerto"...
Perhaps it's because the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded the research Adrian Chandler, leader of Baroque period group La Serenissima, to investigate the origins of the 18th century violin in the Northern cities of Italy. Especially with the change in violin making around Cremona in that period (Amati, Stradivarius, Guarneri) in mind.
Nevermind the rather academic title of this series, this is awesome music making, with an interesting selection of 17th and 18th century concerto's for violin and violin accompanied vocal works.
I've put all 3 CD's of this series in one playlist, which makes almost 4 hours of listening pleasure...
Navara: Sinfonia/Sonata à 5 in C
Anonymus: Laudate pueri Dominum à voce sola et 5 strumenti, RV Anh 30
Mhairi Lawson (soprano)
Legrenzi: 3 Balletti e Correnti à 5 from Op 16
Navara: Sinfonia/Sonata à 5 in a
Albinoni: Concerto Op. 2 No. 8 for 2 violins, 2 violas, cello & continuo in G major
Valentini: Concerto XI à 6 con quattro violini obligati in a, Op 7
Vivaldi: Concerto, Op. 3 No. 3 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 310
Concerto, Op. 3 No. 10 'Con quattro Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 580
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in Bb, RV370
Arias for soprano, strings & continuo from La costanza trionfante degl’amori e de gl’odii, RV706
Mhairi Lawson (soprano)
Concerto for violin, 2 violoncellos, strings & continuo in C, RV561
Concerto for strings in E minor, RV 134
Concerto senza cantin for violin, strings & continuo in D minor, RV243
Arias for soprano, strings & continuo from La fida ninfa, RV714 Mhairi Lawson (soprano)
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in Eb, RV254
Locatelli: Concerto da chiesa in C, Op. 4, No. 11 Concerto in F major Op. 4 No. 12
Sammartini, G B: Concerto à più stromenti for 2 violins, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, strings & continuo in Eb, J73
Tartini: Violin Concerto in Bb major, D117
Vivaldi: Concerto for Multiple Instruments in F RV569
Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, strings & continuo in D, RV 562a
La Serenissima: Adrian Chandler (violin, director); Sarah Moffatt, Simon Kodurand, Jane Gordon, George Crawford, Emilia Benjamin (violin); Peter Collyer (alto viola); Alfonso Leal, Katherine McGillivray (tenor viola); Gareth Deats (violoncello); Peter McCarthy (double bass); Eligio Quinteiro (theorbo, baroque guitar); Robert Howarth (harpsichord, organ)
Recorded 2005 & 2006