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Avison: 12 Concerti Grossi after Geminiani

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

The Avison Ensemble



Venue:

Jubilee Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne



Engineer:

Philip Hobbs



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Chamber


Baroque

Total Time - 98:02
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CHARLES AVISON

   


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  COMPACT DISC ONE  
   
  World premiere recording  
1 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani, no. 1 in G major

2:45
   
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 1 in G major

 
2 II II Allegro 2:11
3 III III Grave 0:28
   
4 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani, no, 1 in G major

3:01
     
5 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no 2 in D minor

1:48
     
6 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 2 in D minor

1:46
     
7 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani,no. 2 in D minor

1:30
     
8 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani, no. 2 in D minor

1:33
     
9 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 3 in E minor

3:08
     
10 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani, no. 3 in E minor

2:54
     
11 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 4 in D major

1:19
     
12 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani, no. 4 in D major

2:29
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 4 in D major

 
13 III III Grave 0:59
14 IV IV Allegro 1:41
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no 5 in B flat major

 
15 I I Affettuoso 1:49
16 II II Vivace 2:32
17 III III Grave 1:01
18 IV IV Allegro 1:27
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 6 in G minor

 
19 I I Affettuoso 3:30
20 II II Adagio 0:54
21 III III Allegro 2:20
22 IV IV Andante - Theme and Variations 12:34
   
  COMPACT DISC TWO  


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Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 7 in C minor

 
1 I I Grave 1:30
2 II II Allegro 1:59
3 III III Grave 0:40
4 IV IV Allegro 2:01
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 8 in B minor

 
5 I I Affettuoso 1:30
6 II II Vivace 2:21
7 III III Adagio 1:26
8 IV IV Vivace 2:07
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 9 in F major

 
9 I I Vivace 4:07
10 II II Andante 1:42
11 III III Allegro 2:57
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 10 in D major

 
12 I I Adagio 1:08
13 II II Allegro 2:06
14 III III Adagio 1:13
15 IV IV Allegro 2:11
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 11 in A minor

 
  world premiere recording: arr. Pavlo Beznosiuk  
16 I I Spiritoso 2:42
17 II II Andante 2:32
18 III III Allegro 2:36
     
 

Concerto Grosso after Geminiani no. 12 in D minor

 
19 I I Amoroso 3:06
20 II II Allegro 2:08
21 III III Allegro 2:21
     


Charles Avison was long neglected, but is now being recognised as one of the most brilliant and accomplished English composers of the 18th century. These 12 Concerti are based on Geminiani’s opus 1 violin sonatas,are played on period instruments and are recorded here for the first time, by the group which has itself made a reputation as one of the finest instrumental ensembles in Europe.  The first of our series of major Avison releases.
 

“spirited performances… beautifully characterised playing” 

Elizabeth Roche

The Daily Telegraph

“This is music of outstanding quality The performances are outstanding. The band is richly sonorous; the ensemble is faultless; the tempi are seemingly infallibly judged; the phrasing is subtle and expressive; and virtuoso solos are dispatched with aplomb. What more could one possibly want? They must surely be one of the finest baroque ensembles now in existence.”

Richard Maunder

 

Early Music News

“Outstanding quality… a delight from start to finish. The playing is brisk and light, the textures clear and the overall ensemble well-nigh perfect. Beznosiuk is on stunning form. Recorded sound and overall presentation are also of the utmost quality”

Robert Levett

International Record Review

“The performances of this immensely appealing set of concertos are outstanding… what is remarkable is the rich depth of the playing. An exceptional issue in every way."  *****

Brian Robins

Goldberg

“This set of concerti grossi is an important discovery. Not only is it a fine tribute to the art of Geminiani, but it also reflects the admiration for the master, not just by Avison, but by English music-lovers at large. These concertos give plenty of evidence of Avison’s great qualities as a composer, and one can only hope other compositions – such as his chamber music and vocal
works - are to be explored in due course.”

Johan van Veen

Music Web

“This recording constitutes something of an event in classical music. A significant addition to the catalog. Good sound and decent notes.”

Crawford

American Record Guide

“Avison’s arrangements preserve all of the fire and elegance of the original pieces, and the Avison Ensemble gives them brisk and lively performances. Highly recommended. “ 

Rick Anderson

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