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Avison: Concerti from Opus 9 (1766)

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

John Treherne

concertino harpsichord

John Green

concertino organ

John Treherne

harpsichord

John Green

organ

Duncan Druce

viola

Simon Jones

violin

Rebekah Durston

violin

Rachel Gray

violoncello

Jane McDermott

violone

The Georgian Concert



Venue:

The National Centre for Early Music, York, England



Producer:

Ben Turner



Engineer:

Ben Turner



Record Label
Diversions

Genre:

Chamber


Organ

Total Time - 46:26
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CHARLES AVISON

(1709-1770)
   
  Concerti from Opus 9 (1766)  
   
 

Opus 9 No. 1 in G

9:55  
1 Largo 3:13
2 Allegro 2:48
3 Adagio 0:43
4 Aria con affetto 3:11
 John Treherne harpsichord
 

Opus 9 No. 9 in C minor

6:38  
5 Adagio 1:43
6 Allegro 1:25
7 Largo 1:11
8 Aria andante 2:19
 John Treherne concertino harpsichord
 

Opus 9 No. 7 in E flat

7:06  
9 Largo 1:35
10 Allegro 2:35
11 Largo 0:40
12 Allegretto 2:16
 John Treherne harpsichord
 

Opus 9 No. 8 in B flat

8:09  
13 Andante cantabile 3:44
14 Allegro assai 1:40
15 Adagio 0:43
16 Allegro moderato 2:02
 John Green concertino organ
 

Opus 9 No. 4 in G minor

8:00  
17 Largo 1:03
18 Allegro 1:32
19 Largo 0:59
20 Aria andante 4:26
   
 

Opus 9 No. 6 in E minor

6:38  
21 Largo 1:18
22 Allegro 1:35
23 Largo 0:48
24 Allegro/Affetuoso/Allegro 2:57
 John Green organ


The music of Charles Avison, the great English composer and organist, has been neglected for too long and we are delighted to offer the first recording on authentic instruments of these fine concerti.

These pieces were written to be played in various ways; as chamber concerti with continuo in the baroque style; as works for solo keyboard; or as string quartets, as such being the earliest English examples of that genre. On this disc the opportunity is taken to present individual concerti with either harpsichord or chamber organ continuo, or without either.

“Some very interesting works… The Georgian Consort play all the works with consummate skill”

Gerald Fenech
 

Classical Net

“...pleasingly polished and stylish performances… the recording is natural and the ambience just right”

Penguin Guide

"The music is so enjoyable that it is a pity that more concerti were not included. Overall this is an attractive and interesting disc which can be fully recommended to anyone interested in early English music."

Arthur Baker

Music Web

                                 Performance ****     Recording ****

"Plenty to charm the ear… Performances are spruce and spirited, with stylishly turned obbligato contributions and a nice feeling for Avison’s dance rhythms."

 

Richard Wigmore
 

BBC Music Magazine

"I certainly hope there are further recordings planned…an especial pleasure …utterly natural sound…Highly recommended."

Early Music Review

                             Performance ****       Recording ****

"The Georgian Concert give polished and technically perfect readings. The recording is texturally very clear"  

David Denton

Yorkshire Post

"This group produce a rather unusual intimate sound. This works really well in the slow movements… The playing is extremely good and the recording presents no problems…it is good to see such faithful servants of music like Duncan Druce still giving of his talent, experience and dedication."

David Wright

Music Web

"I would rate these almost the equal of Handel…..The Georgian Concert…have a real feel for this music, - the pizzicato accompaniment to the aria ending of op.9 no.4 is beautifully done, to cite but one example…excellent recording… very high marks to both Avison and the Georgian Concert. Can we now have the remaining works from op.9 please?"  

Francis Knights

International Record Review

"...played with sprightly buoyancy and clean, crisp articulation, while the attractive final movements, often tunefully graceful minuets, are played with winning affection.  Leader Simon Jones deserves high praise for some particularly elegant playing"

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