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Southampton ensemble wins 2010 Gramophone Award

Published: 5 October 2010

Southampton’s research fellow Adrian Chandler and his baroque string ensemble La Serenissima have won the Baroque Instrumental category of the 2010 Gramophone awards.

Their CD Vivaldi: The French Connection is a selection of concertos for flute (Southampton’s Katy Bircher), bassoon and violin (Adrian Chandler himself). The CD explores aspects of Vivaldi's links with French patrons - such as the French ambassador to Venice, and an anonymous French patron for whom Vivaldi wrote 10 concerti - and the impact of French musical styles on his work. Gramophone's reviewer praised La Serenissima's the ‘bright attractiveness and vivacity’ of La Serenissima's orchestral sound.

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