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Aug 5, 2019

The Godfather album to be released November 2019

The Godfather at Smith Square
The Godfather at Smith Square

Dear Supporter,

We're thrilled to share the news that our recording The Godfather has successfully reached our crowdfunding target. We have also secured a full list of track sponsors for this record, enabling the project to reach fruition. 

Thank you for your terrific support to this thrilling project. Everyone at La Serenissima is so grateful.

Adrian Chandler has just signed off the final edit of the disc which is a truly inspiring collection of performances. Highlights to watch out for include the slow movement of Brescianello's concerto for violin and bassoon, a Vivaldi concerto movement (which was recorded in record time) and the finale to Fasch's - very flashy - concerto for various instrumental soloists. 

We look forward to releasing the new work on the Signum label this coming November.

Please do note our release plans and prepare to preorder your copy when the album is announced in stores.

Thank you for your belief in La Serenissima's mission - to share inspiring Italian baroque music (and related works) with the widest possible audience - and your generous support to the orchestra. 

We will be wrapping up the project page for The Godfather shortly and plan to launch our next appeal soon.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron to La Serenissima please write to Camilla@laserenissima.co.uk - we would love to widen our family of supporters.

With all good wishes from the whole team

Camilla, Adrian & Emma

May 8, 2019

Thank you for your part in making The Godfather

The final day of recording sessions at Cedars Hall
The final day of recording sessions at Cedars Hall

Dear Supporter,

It's exciting to be able to write to you all with news that La Serenissima has - very nearly - reached its funding target for new album The Godfather

Thank you for supporting this venture. Put quite simply, La Serenissima could not deliver musical projects on this extraordinary scale without philanthropy. Thank you for engaging with our fundraising, for supporting our aspirations to share life-affirming baroque music with a global audience and for being our crowd. Everyone at La Serenissima - from Adrian Chandler, the trustees, our team and artists - is grateful for your generosity for helping to keep our music alive.

We have £122 still to raise via GlobalGiving (at the time of typing) and there is one last opportunity to sponsor a track (£1,000) on this album too: do write to us directly if you'd like to be named next to a work of music in the CD sleeve. 

If you happen to be in London this Friday (10 May), La Serenissima will be performing The Godfather programme live as the opening night of the London Festival of Baroque Music - see link to the booking page below.

We also have a sneaky fly-on-the-wall view of our recording sessions below too - this clip shows the finale to the album by Fasch.

We look forward to writing to you again once we have a release date for The Godfather

Thank you for supporting La Serenissima!

Adrian, Camilla & Emma

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Feb 11, 2019

We're recording The Godfather very soon!

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for supporting our new project The Godfather. Thanks to your generosity we are poised to start recording sessions shortly. It's an exciting time.

The instrumentalists will be starting rehearsals this weekend in London, ahead of recording sessions to be held in Cedars Hall, Wells. We're looking forward to returning to this state-of-the-art venue, the scene of last year's chart-topping album Vivaldi x2  - a project which many of you kindly helped us to deliver. The hall is particularly fabulous for our historical instruments as we are able to work in constant temperatures - a revelation after years of recording in churches! This means our instruments are more stable and we're less likely to break a string too, which all helps when we're working against the clock to make a record.

Here's a reminder of exactly why The Godfather is so important to us and why we hope you will be inspired by the album. 

We will be performing amazing music by JS Bach, Brescianello, Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann & Vivaldi.

Through new recording The Godfather the group embarks on a vital journey of musical discovery, presenting orchestral works by mainstream German composers Bach and Telemann for the first time. The project will be characterised by a series of compelling works that make the case for the close relationship between certain composers in Italy and Germany. Pisendel’s concerto movement in A minor highlights recent research by Adrian Chandler which sheds new light on the influence that Vivaldi had on Bach and his compositional school; a fiendish concerto movement by JS Bach, with a tour de force of bariolage is a barely-known work that is crying out for the virtuosic performance that La Serenissima will give it. It will be the first time that a British group records the music of Brescianello – a crime in itself. Our passion for this music left listeners at a recent project preview ‘elated’. Chunky orchestral forces, an impressive line-up of trumpets, timpani, wind and strings, will drive home the message that La Serenissima is alive and kicking during our 25thAnniversary Season.

It's wonderful that we have raised over 2/3 of the funds needed to release the album. Thank you for enabling us to get this far. We would be enormously grateful if everyone who has already donated to this campaign helped us by asking one friend to support this project - whether by giving £5 or £50. We are so close to our target and with your help, we will easily manage it.

Thank you for supporting our work. We look forward to telling you more about it once the sessions are in the can!

Adrian, Camilla & Emma

La Serenissima

 
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