Two Avison Ensemble CDs are due to be released this week, one featuring the work of Charles Avison (12 Concerti after Geminiani) and the other one of his pupils John Garth (Six Concertos for Violincello).
Charles Avison (1709-1770) was born in Newcastle and is considered by some to be the greatest English composer of his time of orchestral concertos. He wrote more than 50 works in the genre – the best known are his orchestra transcriptions of Scarlatti sonatas — as well as chamber music, accompanied keyboard sonatas and vocal compositions. The existence of his concerto arrangements of Geminiani’s Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo, op. 1 (1716) were unknown until quite recently, and are presented here as world premiere recordings.