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The second album from Red Priest, recorded in 2001, is a startling affair, inspired by the very first piece the group performed, in its first concert four years earlier – Vivaldi’s gothic-horror concerto, ‘La Notte’.  Upon this they have built a nightmarish collection of strange and wonderful music featuring ghosts, witches, demons and fairies, and culminating with their own, still hugely popular fantasia upon Corelli’s ‘La Folia’.


"The Cirque du Soleil of baroque performance ensembles... virtuosity, finesse and crazed sonorities evoke the nocturnal phantasmagoria of a truly fervid imagination."
MUSIC WEB March 2003
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"The wit and wonder of their performances on 'Nightmare in Venice' satisfy because over and above the humorous content the music making is simply stunning.  The tightness of the ensemble, charm of their arrangements and the technically flawless Piers Adams draw one in regardless."
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW May 2009

"Mad, bad and deliciously dangerous... wacky ideas, an impish sense of humour and astonishing virtuosity."
GRAMOPHONE April 2003
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"Nightmare in Venice is a deliciously Baroque Halloween-fest if there ever was one. Replete with hissing and catcalls, this disc is a chiller... Image is not everything, though Red Priest has that quality in spades. This is a quartet of the best Baroque specialists the United Kingdom has to offer."
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
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"Fresh, fiery flair.... an atmosphere of spectral shock... Red Priest are a crack ensemble with serious virtuoso credentials, but they also know how to make this music fun."
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH March 2003
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"Baroque music revels in the extravagant... Red Priest's larger-than-life approach only enhances the music's energy and lets its spirit fly. Magnificent playing, too. " ****
THE TIMES April 2003
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"Not even with Harnoncourt or Il Giardino Armonico will you find so extreme a characterisation of Vivaldi’s ‘La Notte’, with its dreams and bizarre allegros, but it works brilliantly... Not to be missed!" A* 1*
HI-FI NEWS AND RECORD REVIEW June 2003
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"For those of you who haven’t heard the bold and daring style of Red Priest, be prepared for a musical roller-coaster-catch-me-if-you-can ride. The music is familiar, but still unexpected, exhilarating, breathtaking, played with a wicked sense of humour. This is the most entertaining early music recording I have ever heard."
WHOLE NOTE Dec 2002
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"Diabolical, fanciful zeal... delightfully creepy."
CLASSICS TODAY April 2003
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"Wonderfully intense showmanship that makes one proud to be British... Whilst CD recordings are said to never wholly capture the realm of the concert platform, Red Priest’s spectacular musical theatre succeeds a thousand times in bringing the concert to you; I just hope you aren’t afraid of the dark…a must!"
THE RECORDER MAGAZINE March 2003
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Nightmare in Venice

Red Priest

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  1. 1 Concerto In G Minor, Rv 439 ,'La Notte' - Largo 01:53 Info
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  2. 2 Concerto In G Minor, Rv 439 ,'La Notte' - Phantoms Presto 00:42 Info
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  3. 3 Concerto In G Minor, Rv 439 ,'La Notte' - Phantoms Largo 01:06 Info
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  4. 4 Concerto In G Minor, Rv 439 ,'La Notte' - Presto 00:45 Info
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  5. 5 Concerto In G Minor, Rv 439 ,'La Notte' - Sleep - Largo 01:40 Info
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  6. 6 Concerto In G Minor, Rv 439 ,'La Notte' - The Chase - Allegro 02:35 Info
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  7. 7 English Fantasy Suite - The Satyrs' Masque 02:28 Info
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  8. 8 English Fantasy Suite - The Flatt Masque 01:57 Info
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  9. 9 English Fantasy Suite - The Furies 02:02 Info
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  10. 10 English Fantasy Suite - The Witches' Dance 01:53 Info
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  11. 11 Sonata A Tre 03:15 Info
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  12. 12 Concerto Grosso in A Minor, Rv 522 - Allegro 03:03 Info
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  13. 13 Concerto Grosso in A Minor, Rv 522 - Largetto 03:57 Info
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  14. 14 Concerto Grosso in A Minor, Rv 522 - Allegro 02:45 Info
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  15. 15 A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite (from The Fairy Queen) - Prelude And Rondeau 04:28 Info
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  16. 16 A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite (from The Fairy Queen) - Fairy Dance 00:45 Info
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  17. 17 A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite (from The Fairy Queen) - Dance of the Savages 01:34 Info
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  18. 18 A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite (from The Fairy Queen) - Dance for the Followers of the Night 02:51 Info
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  19. 19 A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite (from The Fairy Queen) - Chaconne 02:37 Info
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  20. 20 Sonata Decima (book 2) 05:25 Info
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  21. 21 Demon Suite (from Scylla et Glaucus) - First Demon Air 02:02 Info
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  22. 22 Demon Suite (from Scylla et Glaucus) - Second Demon Air 01:07 Info
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  23. 23 Demon Suite (from Scylla et Glaucus) - Third Demon Air 01:44 Info
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  24. 24 Demon Suite (from Scylla et Glaucus) - Simphonie 00:33 Info
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  25. 25 Fantasia on 'La Folia' 12:33 Info
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