Avison: Opus 9 Concertos

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Catalogue No: DDV 24108
EAN/UPC: 809730410826
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Release Date: June 2001
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 46:29
Sample: Concerto, op.9 no 9 - allegro (extract)

The Georgian Concert

Avison’s music has been neglected for too long and we are delighted to offer the first recording on authentic instruments of these fine concerti.

These pieces were written to be played in various ways; as chamber concerti with continuo in the baroque style; as works for solo keyboard; or as string quartets, as such being the earliest English examples of that genre. On this disc the opportunity is taken to present individual concerti with either harpsichord or chamber organ continuo, or without either.

Leader: Simon Jones
Artistic Director: Peter Harrison

Track Listing

    Charles Avison:

  1. I. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 1 in G major – Largo (3:13)
  2. II. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 1 in G major – Allegro (2:48)
  3. III. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 1 in G major – Adagio (0:43)
  4. IV. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 1 in G major – Aria con affetto (3:11)
  5. I. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no 9 in C minor – Adagio (1:43)
  6. II. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no 9 in C minor – Allegro (1:25)
  7. III. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no 9 in C minor – Largo (1:11)
  8. IV. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no 9 in C minor – Aria Andante (2:19)
  9. I. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 7 in E flat major – Largo (1:35)
  10. II. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 7 in E flat major – Allegro (2:35)
  11. III. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 7 in E flat major – Largo (0:40)
  12. IV. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 7 in E flat major – Allegretto (2:16)
  13. I. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 8 in B flat major – Andante cantabile (3:44)
  14. II. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 8 in B flat major – Allegro assai (1:40)
  15. III. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 8 in B flat major – Adagio (0:43)
  16. IV. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 8 in B flat major – Allegro moderato (2:02)
  17. I. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 4 in G minor – Largo (1:03)
  18. II. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 4 in G minor – Allegro (1:32)
  19. III. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 4 in G minor – Largo (0:59)
  20. IV. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 4 in G minor – Aria Andante (4:26)
  21. I. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 6 in E minor – Largo (1:18)
  22. II. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 6 in E minor – Allegro (1:35)
  23. III. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 6 in E minor – Largo (0:48)
  24. IV. Concerto Grosso, op. 9 no. 6 in E minor – Allegro (2:57)

Reviews

Fanfare

played with sprightly buoyancy and clean, crisp articulation, while the attractive final movements, often tunefully graceful minuets, are played with winning affection. Leader Simon Jones deserves high praise for some particularly elegant playing

” —Brian Robins
Northern Echo

Music that gives his contemporary Handel a run for its money

” —Dave Robson
MusicWeb

The music is so enjoyable… overall this is an attractive and interesting disc which can be fully recommended to anyone interested in early English music.

” —Arthur Baker
Musical Opinion

Charles Avison lived from 1709 to 1770 and was a native of Northumberland, spending his musical life in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he was the organist at that city’s Cathedral for over thirty years. Much in demand as a teacher and organiser of musical events he still found time for composition. Had he lived in […]

” —Geoffrey Crankshaw
Albion Magazine

The works brim with elegance and intelligence, The Georgian Concert gives excellent performances

” —Em Marshall
BBC Music Magazine

Plenty to charm the ear………. Performances are spruce and spirited, with stylishly turned obbligato contributions and a nice feeling for Avison’s dance rhythms. Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recording ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Richard Wigmore
ClassicalNet

Some very interesting works… The Georgian Consort play all the works with consummate skill

” —Gerald Fenech
Early Music Review

I certainly hope there are further recordings planned…..an especial pleasure…..utterly natural sound………… Highly recommended.

” —BC
Yorkshire Post

The Georgian Concert give polished and technically perfect readings. The recording is texturally very clear. Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Recording ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —David Denton
MusicWeb

This group produce a rather unusual intimate sound. This works really well in the slow movements…… The playing is extremely good and the recording presents no problems…..it is good to see such faithful servants of music like Duncan Druce still giving of his talent, experience and dedication.

” —David Wright
Penguin Guide To Compact Discs

pleasingly polished and stylish performances… the recording is natural and the ambience just right

International Record Review

I would rate these almost the equal of Handel…..The Georgian Concert…have a real feel for this music, – the pizzicato accompaniment to the aria ending of op.9 no.4 is beautifully done, to cite but one example….excellent recording… very high marks to both Avison and the Georgian Concert.

” —Francis Knights