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DA 1213
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Avison-Scarlatti - 12 Concerti Grossi

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Pavlo Beznosiuk


The Avison Ensemble



Venue:

Jubilee Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

26-30 Nov 2007

Producer:

Phil Hobbs



Engineer:

Philip Hobbs



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 153:52
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  CD 1  
   
 

GIUSEPPE DOMENICO SCARLATTI

 

No.1 in A major

 
1 Adagio: Kk91a * 1:29
2 Allegro: Kk24 4:26
3 Amoroso: Kk91d 1:37
4 Allegro: Kk24 4:43
   
 

No.2 in G major

 
5 Largo: Kk91c 1:35
6 Allegro: Kk13 3:56
7 Andante: Kk4 7:15
8 Vivace: Kk2 2:33
   
 

No.3 in D minor

 
9 Largo andante: Kk89c 1:40
10 Allegro spiritoso: Kk37 * 3:07
11 Vivace: Kk38 2:24
12 Allegro: Kk1 3:06
   
 

No.4 in A minor

 
13 Andante: Kk12 * 6:20
14 Allegro: Kk3 1:52
15 Largo: ** 4:36
16 Vivace: Kk36 3:20
   
 

No.5 in D minor

 
17 Largo: ** 2:47
18 Allegro: Kk11 * 1:47
19 Andante moderato: Kk41 3:23
20 Allegro: Kk5 2:39
   
 

No.6 in D major

 
21 Largo: ** 2:31
22 Con furia: Kk29 5:04
23 Adagio: Kk89c 2:02
24 Vivacemente: Kk21 3:49
   
  TT CD 1 78:14      
   


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  CD 2  
 

No.7 in G minor

 
1 Adagio: Kk88a † 1:43
2 Allegro: Kk19 * 3:08
3 Adagio: Kk88d 2:25
4 Allegro affettuoso: Kk17 * 4:17
   
 

No.8 in E minor

 
5 Adagio: Kk81a † 1:27
6 Allegro: Kk20 2:57
7 Amoroso: Kk81d 2:53
8 Vivace: Kk15 2:40
   
 

No.9 in C major

 
9 Largo: ** 1:34
10 Con spirito-andante: Kk31 * 3:43
11 Siciliana: ** 3:15
12 Allegro: Kk7 4:39
   
 

No.10 in D major

 
13 Grazioso: ** 1:02
14 Allegro: Kk10 3:01
15 Adagio: ** 0:40
16 Giga-Allegro: Kk9 2:38
   
 

No.11 in G major

 
17 Con affetto: ** 3:52
18 Allegro: Kk28 * 3:41
19 Andante moderato: Kk25 * 7:10
20 Vivacemente: Kk6 * 3:00
   
 

No.12 in D major

 
21 Grave temporegiato: ** 2:28
22 Allegro spiritoso: Kk23 3:37
23 Lentemente: ** 5:17
24 Temporegiato-allegro: Kk33 4:44
   
  TT CD 2: 76:40      
   
  * Denotes that the movement has been transposed from the original key.  
  † Indicates that the original sonata has been shortened or altered.  
  ** Denote an unknown source.  
   
 Pavlo Beznosiuk
   
   


Thought by many to be Avison’s greatest masterpieces, these arrangements of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas were for many decades the only Avison music known. Now thanks to Gordon Dixon and the Avison Ensemble, a complete edition of his quite large output is weill underway; this is the fifth in the series, following two sets on Naxos and two on Divine Art. This is sublime baroque music at its best, performed on period instruments.

“The performances are lively and expert. I would be happy with either of the two available recordings [the other being by the Brandenburg Consort] but if forced to chose I would opt for the Avison Ensemble” 

Ron Salemi

Fanfare

“A very enjoyable pair of CDs. Avison operates with precisely that mingled air of admiration and reservation he expresses [in his writing on Scarlatti – see full review]. The very nature of the exercise registers his delight in Scarlatti’s music. These are fine, loving performances. Pavlo Beznosiuk and his ensemble have done the memory of Charles Avison great service with these and other recordings.”

Glyn Purslove
 

Music Web

“A very enjoyable pair of CDs. Avison operates with precisely that mingled air of admiration and reservation he expresses [in his writing on Scarlatti – see full review]. The very nature of the exercise registers his delight in Scarlatti’s music. These are fine, loving performances. Pavlo Beznosiuk and his ensemble have done the memory of Charles Avison great service with these and other recordings.”

Glyn Purslove
 

Music Web

“Avison shows his strength of character my making [the sonatas] his own...another enjoyable contribution from18th century Geordieland” 

Peter Spaull

Liverpool Daily Post

“These are beautiful pieces...the treatment here is gentle and reflective... though not lacking in energy; the recording has a warm, full sound.”

Crawford
 

American Record Guide

“12 effective orchestral concertos; substantial pieces, earning lively and sensitive playing. Some powerful playing especially from Pavlo Beznosiuk”

George Pratt

BBC Music Magazine

“This delightful two-disc set is a welcome addition to the catalogue...the result is quite enthralling. Each concerto is a joy to listen to. Divine Art’s presentation is, as usual, impeccable.... with an excellent recording to boot”

Gerald Fenech

Classical Net

“Avison’s arrangements and re-workings are never less than engaging and stylish. However, the real trump card is the quality with which they’re played here... springy rhythms combine with a lovely, pliable way with the music’s pacing and phrasing.” 

Malcolm Hayes

Classic FM Magazine

“The playing is uniformly superb. The results, especially in performances of this calibre, are such that the listener is able... to return to the originals with fresh ears – surely the measure of success of any good transcription... The recorded sound is excellent.... Fascinating and colourful works.” 

Robert Levett

International Record Review

“An important series of recordings...beautifully-crafted music, very much of its time...delightfully varied, with a fascinatingly wide range of expression. Very gifted musicians whose corporate and individual artistry is evident. This issue is one that deservers wide success. Strongly recommended.”

Robert Matthew-Walker

Musical Opinion

“Excellent pair of CDs- if anything this is finer music [than the op. 9 and 10 which I so recently recommended] and the performances and recording are equally fine. This is early music without the rough edges... recorded sound is first-rate. All [the Avison Ensemble recordings] are very worthy of your consideration.”

Brian Wilson

Music Web

“Excellent series... finely presented performances led with natural violinistic flair by Pavlo Beznosiuk. The warmer, more polished sound of the Avisons just puts them ahead [of the Hyperion recording by the Brandenburg Concort]."

Lindsay Kemp

Gramophone

“Thoroughly enjoyable and technically first class. In short this is another fine exploration of Avison’s under explored legacy. The ensemble that bears his name does him further honour in this excellently recorded survey.”

Jonathan Woolf
 

Music Web

“Utterly beautiful...the performances are beyond praise. The intonation is impeccable, the pacing perfect, the balance is exemplary... sensitive to every mood change and expressive nuance.”

Edith Eisler

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