Avison: 18 Concerti Grossi, op. 9 & 10

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Catalogue No: DDA 21211
EAN/UPC: 809730121128
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Release Date: June 2008
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Discs: 2
Total Playing Time: 131:41
Sample: Opus 9 no. 7, 2nd movement (Allegro)

Following the enormous success of the Avison Ensemble’s John Garth CD (DDA 25059) and the Avison/Geminiani Concerti (DDA 21210) we are delighted to present another premiere recording of the finest baroque music. Even before official release, chosen by Classic FM as its disc of the week, this 2 CD set (at the price of 1 CD) is the first complete recording of these concerti. The Avison Ensemble is led by Pavlo Beznosiuk. This set is another step towards the complete Avison Edition due to be completed by the end of 2009.

Avison’s concerti can be played in various instrumentations: here we have the “chamber orchestra” version. Six of the op. 9 concerti are performed in the string quartet version on Diversions 24108. All five volumes are also available as a low-price set.

Track Listing

    Charles Avison:

  1. I. Concerto in G major, op. 1 no. 9 − 1. Largo (2:35)
  2. II. Concerto in G major, op. 1 no. 9 − 2. Allegro (1:30)
  3. III. Concerto in G major, op. 1 no. 9 − 3. Adagio (0:33)
  4. IV. Concerto in G major, op. 1 no. 9 − 4. Aria con affetto (3:03)
  5. I. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 2 − 1. Largo (1:25)
  6. II. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 2 − 2. Allegro spiritoso (2:20)
  7. III. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 2 − 3. Lentemente (2:17)
  8. IV. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 2 − 4. Aria cantabile e vivace (3:01)
  9. I. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 3 − 1. Largo (0:46)
  10. II. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 3 − 2. Allegro (3:16)
  11. III. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 3 − 3. Largo (0:46)
  12. IV. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 3 − 4. Aria affettuoso (2:04)
  13. I. Concerto in G minor, op. 9 no. 4 − 1. Largo (0:41)
  14. II. Concerto in G minor, op. 9 no. 4 − 2. Allegro (1:53)
  15. III. Concerto in G minor, op. 9 no. 4 − 3. Largo (0:47)
  16. IV. Concerto in G minor, op. 9 no. 4 − 4. Aria andante (4:13)
  17. I. Concerto in C major, op. 9 no. 5 − 1. Adagio (0:46)
  18. II. Concerto in C major, op. 9 no. 5 − 2. Allegro spiritoso (2:57)
  19. III. Concerto in C major, op. 9 no. 5 − 3. Adagio (1:07)
  20. IV. Concerto in C major, op. 9 no. 5 − 4. Aria affettuoso (3:16)
  21. I. Concerto in E minor, op. 9 no. 6 − 1. Largo (0:45)
  22. II. Concerto in E minor, op. 9 no. 6 − 2. Allegro (1:36)
  23. III. Concerto in E minor, op. 9 no. 6 − 3. Largo (0:29)
  24. IV. Concerto in E minor, op. 9 no. 6 − 4. Allegro (2:49)
  25. I. Concerto in E flat major, op. 9 no. 7 − 1. Largo (1:25)
  26. II. Concerto in E flat major, op. 9 no. 7 − 2. Allegro (1:31)
  27. III. Concerto in E flat major, op. 9 no. 7 − 3. Largo (0:29)
  28. IV. Concerto in E flat major, op. 9 no. 7 − 4. Allegretto (2:38)
  29. I. Concerto in B flat major, op. 9 no. 8 − 1. Andante cantabile (3:38)
  30. II. Concerto in B flat major, op. 9 no. 8 − 2. Allegro assai (1:52)
  31. III. Concerto in B flat major, op. 9 no. 8 − 3. Adagio (0:27)
  32. IV. Concerto in B flat major, op. 9 no. 8 − 4. Allegro moderato (2:08)
  33. I. Concerto in C minor, op. 9 no. 9 − 1. Adagio (1:51)
  34. II. Concerto in C minor, op. 9 no. 9 − 2. Allegro (1:34)
  35. III. Concerto in C minor, op. 9 no. 9 − 3. Largo (0:43)
  36. IV. Concerto in C minor, op. 9 no. 9 − 4. Aria andante (2:28)
  37. I. Concerto in F major, op. 9 no. 10 − 1. Maestoso (1:38)
  38. II. Concerto in F major, op. 9 no. 10 − 2. Allegro (1:32)
  39. III. Concerto in F major, op. 9 no. 10 − 3. Aria cantabile (2:39)
  40. I. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 11 − 1. Largo (1:18)
  41. II. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 11 − 2. Allegro (2:20)
  42. III. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 11 − 3. Adagio (0:23)
  43. IV. Concerto in A major, op. 9 no. 11 − 4. Aria vivace (2:25)
  44. I. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 12 − 1. Adagio (1:25)
  45. II. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 12 − 2. Allegro spiritoso (3:42)
  46. III. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 12 − 3. Aria pastorale (1:22)
  47. IV. Concerto in D major, op. 9 no. 12 − 4. Allegro (1:51)
  48. I. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 1 − 1. Adagio (1:22)
  49. II. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 1 − 2. Allegro (3:05)
  50. III. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 1 − 3. Largo (0:51)
  51. IV. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 1 − 4. Allegro (1:59)
  52. I. Concerto in F major, op. 10 no. 2 − 1. Adagio (1:54)
  53. II. Concerto in F major, op. 10 no. 2 − 2. Allegro assai (1:47)
  54. III. Concerto in F major, op. 10 no. 2 − 3. Largo (0:18)
  55. IV. Concerto in F major, op. 10 no. 2 − 4. Aria moderato (2:54)
  56. I. Concerto in C minor, op. 10 no. 3 − 1. Largo (1:04)
  57. II. Concerto in C minor, op. 10 no. 3 − 2. Allegro (3:01)
  58. III. Concerto in C minor, op. 10 no. 3 − 3. Largo (0:19)
  59. IV. Concerto in C minor, op. 10 no. 3 − 4. Allegro (2:19)
  60. I. Concerto in C major, op. 10 no. 4 − 1. Largo (1:46)
  61. II. Concerto in C major, op. 10 no. 4 − 2. Allegro (1:44)
  62. III. Concerto in C major, op. 10 no. 4 − 3. Largo (0:31)
  63. IV. Concerto in C major, op. 10 no. 4 − 4. Aria andante (2:27)
  64. V. Concerto in C major, op. 10 no. 4 − 5. Gavot allegro (2:02)
  65. I. Concerto in E flat major, op. 10 no. 5 − 1. Largo (0:51)
  66. II. Concerto in E flat major, op. 10 no. 5 − 2. Allegro (3:16)
  67. III. Concerto in E flat major, op. 10 no. 5 − 3. Aria cantabile (2:18)
  68. I. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 6 − 1. Largo (0:57)
  69. II. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 6 − 2. Allegro (3:01)
  70. III. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 6 − 3. Largo (0:39)
  71. IV. Concerto in D minor, op. 10 no. 6 − 4. Allegro moderato (2:30)

Reviews

Midwest Record

A delightful find for those jaded ears that are thinking there’s nothing new under the classical sun to be found.  Warmly played in period fashion with great attention to detail

” —Chris Spector
The Consort

The group has developed a distinct ‘house style’ that truly sparkles in this recording. Avison’s awareness, and use, of key colour is striking – it certainly brings an impressive degree of variety to the disc… this double-CD set is a mine of varied and exciting music.

” —Caroline Ritchie
American Record Guide

[Avison’s] work is fresh and listenable,…Beznosiuk gives these concertos excellent treatment. Sound is very good. This is a high-quality recording.

” —Crawford
BBC Music Magazine

Urbane charm, fluent melody and purposeful harmony. Attractive now as they were for audiences at Avison’s regular subscription concerts.

” —George Pratt
UK Regional Press

This splendid 2 CD set should help to rekindle interest in the work of Charles Avison… 18 elegantly Italianate creations expertly revived by the ensemble which bears his name.

” —Kevin Bryan
Classical Source

In terms of performance, the Avison Ensemble is superbly unified. Not surprisingly, several other of its recordings are mentioned in Divine Art’s very well presented annotation. Pavlo Beznosiuk leads with confidence – he is not afraid to add occasional decorations but these are not intrusive and never interrupt the melodic line. In all, these are exceptionally stylish ‘period’ performances by musicians in-tune with Avison’s philosophy and are ideal ambassadors for the promotion of this neglected composer. Divine Art must be commended for promoting rarely heard 18th-century composers.

” —Antony Hodgson
MusicWeb International

These concerti, though coming late in Avison’s composing career, show little diminution of inventiveness from his Op.6 set and the Scarlatti and Geminiani adaptations. With tasteful ornamentation where appropriate and a willingness to give the music a bit of a lift, these are excellent performances.

” —Brian Wilson
Liverpool Daily Post

Very worth reviving… [Avison] is certainly a composer not to be ignored.

” —Peter Spaull
The Daily Telegraph

Avison’s Opus 9 and Opus 10 ‘Concerti Grossi’ are sweetly melodic, succinct and conservative. Led by Pavlo Beznosuik, the ensemble does its composer proud in a stylish series of sturdy allegros, graceful largos and delicate, attractive arias.

” —Anna Picard
Audiophile Audition

The concertos are utterly delightful for their serene beauty and melodic invention.[The Avison Ensemble] play this music with the necessary phrasing, tempi and stylistic rightness that brings this music to life. It is hard to see how these concertos could be better played. The sound quality is rich and reverberant.

” —Mike Birman
Classic FM Magazine

The ensemble performs with simplicity, freshness and lovingly tended, authentic ornaments sighing into cadences. The concerti tumble out like pristine toys from a long-locked cupboard. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Rick Jones