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CD Review

Charles Avison

Divine Art 21213

12 Concerti Grossi for 2 Violins, Cello & Continuo after Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti

  • Concerto Grosso # 1 in A Major
  • Concerto Grosso # 2 in G Major
  • Concerto Grosso # 3 in D minor
  • Concerto Grosso # 4 in A minor
  • Concerto Grosso # 5 in D minor
  • Concerto Grosso # 6 in D Major
  • Concerto Grosso # 7 in G minor
  • Concerto Grosso # 8 in E minor
  • Concerto Grosso # 9 in C Major
  • Concerto Grosso #10 in D Major
  • Concerto Grosso #11 in G Major
  • Concerto Grosso #12 in D Major
The Avison Ensemble
Divine Art DDA21213 155m DDD
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This delightful two-disc set is a welcome addition to the catalogue where these concertos have been sparsely represented of late. After having tackled similar works for Divine Art, the Avison Ensemble now lend their talented vein to these Scarlatti arrangements by their namesake composer and the result is quite enthralling.

Each concerto is a joy to listen to and although the music is brought together from other works, there is an innate feel that everything is complete and should be "there". Pavlo Beznosiuk directs these works with consummate panache and his violin playing is also impeccable as can be expected from this old warhorse of this sort of repertoire. He is also ably supported by his players who are also seasoned campaigners in such music.

Divine Art's presentation is as usual, impeccable with detailed and informative notes and an excellent recording to boot. I am keen for more music from this source, perhaps some Geminiani or Corelli which are also quite under-represented in the repertoire and which would benefit from such a fine approach.

Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech

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