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‘Venice by Night’ is a collection of 18th-century works built around the idea of travelling through the city after sunset.
The recording, on the Avie label, guides the listener past musicians borne on the city’s gondolas, open-air concerts and finally the into the opera house to hear snatches from operas of the time.
Period instrument ensemble La Serenissima is conducted by Adrian Chandler with soprano Mhairi Lawson in an aria from Vivaldi’s opera Montezuma.
Writing in the November issue of BBC Music Magazine our critic George Pratt wrote: ‘Mhairi Lawson is equally at home in the simplest syllabic songs, gentle cantabile and a sparkling Vivaldi duet di agilità… Recorded sound throughout is excellent. With five ‘first recordings’, this is not to be missed.’