Avison: Trio Sonatas, op. 1 and Keyboard Sonatas, op. 8

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Catalogue No: DDA 21214
EAN/UPC: 809730121425
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Release Date: February 2009
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Discs: 2
Sample: Keyboard Sonata op. 8 no. 2 : Allegro (part)

The fourth in our series of Avison’s music, and part of the Complete Edition completed at the end of 2009. These hitherto unknown works are real baroque gems. The op. 1 Trio Sonatas led by the strings, are accompanied by Robert Howarth on chest organ continuo; while Robert moves front of stage and to the harpsichord in the Keyboard Sonatas, op. 8.

These recordings issued at bargain price help further to confirm that 18th century England was a place of fine creative artistry in music. Purchase the low-price five-volume set.

Track Listing

    Charles Avison:

  1. I. Trio Sonata in Chromatic Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 1 − I- Adagio – andante (2:04)
  2. II. Trio Sonata in Chromatic Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 1 − II – allegro (2:10)
  3. III. Trio Sonata in Chromatic Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 1 − III – Dolce (1:44)
  4. IV. Trio Sonata in Chromatic Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 1 − IV – allegro (2:37)
  5. I. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 2 − I – Andante (2:43)
  6. II. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 2 − II – Allegro (3:59)
  7. III. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 2 − III – Adagio (1:12)
  8. IV. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 2 − IV – Allegro (2:29)
  9. I. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 3 − I – Largo (1:53)
  10. II. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 3 − II – Allegro (1:34)
  11. III. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 3 − III – Adagio (1:14)
  12. IV. Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 1 no. 3 − IV – Allegro (1:48)
  13. I. Trio Sonata in Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 4 − I – Largo (1:58)
  14. II. Trio Sonata in Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 4 − II – Allegro (2:09)
  15. III. Trio Sonata in Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 4 − III – Adagio (1:19)
  16. IV. Trio Sonata in Dorian Mode, op. 1 no. 4 − IV – Allegro (2:49)
  17. I. Trio Sonata in E minor, op. 1 no. 5 − I – Adagio (1:35)
  18. II. Trio Sonata in E minor, op. 1 no. 5 − II – allegro (1:37)
  19. III. Trio Sonata in E minor, op. 1 no. 5 − III – Adagio (1:08)
  20. IV. Trio Sonata in E minor, op. 1 no. 5 − IV – Allegro (2:12)
  21. I. Trio Sonata in D major, op. 1 no. 6 − I – Andante (1:46)
  22. II. Trio Sonata in D major, op. 1 no. 6 − II – Allegro (2:13)
  23. III. Trio Sonata in D major, op. 1 no. 6 − III – Adagio (0:33)
  24. IV. Trio Sonata in D major, op. 1 no. 6 − IV – Giga: allegro (1:48)
  25. I. Keyboard Sonata in A major, op. 8 no. 1 − I – Andante cantabile (3:36)
  26. II. Keyboard Sonata in A major, op. 8 no. 1 − II -Presto (4:44)
  27. I. Keyboard Sonata in C major, op. 8 no. 2 − I – Allegro (4:37)
  28. II. Keyboard Sonata in C major, op. 8 no. 2 − II – Interludio andante (1:24)
  29. III. Keyboard Sonata in C major, op. 8 no. 2 − III – Allegro (3:05)
  30. I. Keyboard Sonata in D major, op. 8 no. 3 − I – Marcia andante (4:07)
  31. II. Keyboard Sonata in D major, op. 8 no. 3 − II – Aria allegretto (4:26)
  32. I. Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, op. 8 no. 4 − I – Andante (2:53)
  33. II. Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, op. 8 no. 4 − II – Presto (4:35)
  34. I. Keyboard Sonata in G minor, op. 8 no. 5 − I – Andante (3:33)
  35. II. Keyboard Sonata in G minor, op. 8 no. 5 − II – Presto (4:37)
  36. III. Keyboard Sonata in G minor, op. 8 no. 6 (7:32)

Reviews

Classic FM Magazine

This double disc is a delight, especially the sonatas for two violins and bass which are full of invention… the set is an excellent and timely commemoration

” —Rick Jones
MusicWeb International

This is a captivating collection of sonatas, which is given outstanding and expressive performances. The ensemble is excellent, and the balance between the instruments is just right. An enjoyable set with music which varies from expressive to entertaining, The Avison Ensemble is once again an eloquent advocate of the oeuvre of this master of the English baroque.

” —Johan van Veen
Midwest Record

This is a captivating collection of sonatas, which is given outstanding and expressive performances. The ensemble is excellent, and the balance between the instruments is just right. An enjoyable set with music which varies from expressive to entertaining, The Avison Ensemble is once again an eloquent advocate of the oeuvre of this master of the English baroque.

” —Chris Spector
Classical Music

Here is evidence of [Avison’s] mastery of sonata form; a vast array of effects and techniques, all crafted with elegance. The players are steeped in the Tyneside master’s output and deliver with panache. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

International Record Review

Avison’s Op. 1 are attractive Italianate ‘church’ sonatas. The playing is committed and often impassioned. The recorded sound is excellent

” —George Pratt
International Record Review

The rediscovery of this composer and his music has been long overdue. Played with relish and charm… ideal sound. A most desirable release.

” —Piers Burton-Page
Fanfare

Robert Howarth breezes through the plethora of notes in the harpsichord sonatas as if they were the proverbial piece of cake. Beznosiuk’s playing is…imaginative.. always in the service of the music. Extensive notes on the composer, the music, the performers and the instruments are provide. The recorded sound is just about ideal. Highly recommended.

” —Christopher Brodersen
Music And Vision

The sonata movements sometimes display a chromatic daring that suggests a composer of real originality and power. Robert Howarth is here the brilliant protagonist.

” —Robert Anderson
Albion Magazine

Another admirable disc [in the Divine Art Avison catalogue]… the outstanding Avison Ensemble. The music is lovely, and the works are performed with insight and conviction.

” —Em Marshall
Allmusic

Characteristic of a certain fantastical aspect in Avison’s music that’s nicely captured here… [the opus 8 sonatas] don’t sound like any other chamber music of the period, and they’re a nice find. The sound environment of the album is unique…original instruments.. a spacious, live quality. Compelling. Performance 4/5; Sound 4/5

” —James Manheim
The Consort

The Avison Ensemble must be praised for its outstanding work…the double CD forms an attractive diptych portraying Avison at both ends of his career. The harpsichord writing is brilliant, even dazzling sometimes. The strings create a superb, well-balanced sound. There is much to learn from [Howarth’s] subtle articulation and phrasing.

” —Ibrahim Aziz