Born in Newcastle in 1709, and the organist at the city’s cathedral for all his working life, Charles Avison was a very gifted composer whose music could stand comparison with the finest music coming from France and Italy. Immaculately constructed, often energetic, the Concerti could be played by various sized ensembles, and is (sic) here performed by a string quartet with added harpsichord or organ. The Georgian Concert give polished and technically perfect readings, Harrison employing tempos that keep the music active. The recording made in York’s National Centre for Early Music is texturally very clear.
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