Albion Magazine

Avison was an extremely important eighteenth-century English composer, organist, writer, and promoter, described by Dr Burney as “an ingenious and polished man, and an elegant writer upon his art.” He set up the first Newcastle subscription concerts, for which he himself composed much music, including no fewer than sixty concerti grossi. This disc features six of the twelve that comprise his Opus 9 . The works brim with elegance and intelligence; some are quite courtly and stately, while others are livelier and more up-beat. The Georgian Concert, a group founded as specialists in eighteenth-century English repertoire, gives excellent performances of these works.

—Em Marshall