Little-known until fairly recently, Charles Avison was one of England ‘s greatest concerto composers. In the early 1700s he arranged eleven of Francesco Geminiani’s violin sonatas in concerto grosso format, and these are performed very nicely here on period instruments by the Avison Ensemble under the direction of violin soloist Pavlo Beznosiuk. Avison’s arrangements preserve all of the fire and elegance of the original pieces, and the Avison Ensemble gives them brisk and lively performances. Highly recommended.

—Rick Anderson