Charles Avison: Six Concertos, Op. 3; Eight Concertos, Op. 4

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
In his day in the middle eighteenth century, Charles Avison was considered one of the great composers of England. He first started to get a case of bad PR when he made the statement that his teacher, Geminiani who by that time had PR problems of his own, stemming from his questionable activities as an art dealer, was a greater composer than Handel, and recordings of his work have remained rare even as other unknowns of the late Baroque have resurfaced. This is the second Avison release to appear on Naxos from the Avison Ensemble and its leader, Ukrainian-born period-instrument player Pavlo Beznosiuk. The two sets of concertos included on these two discs are concerti ...
See more details below
CD
$18.99
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$19.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $15.03   
  • New (2) from $15.03   
  • Used (1) from $16.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
In his day in the middle eighteenth century, Charles Avison was considered one of the great composers of England. He first started to get a case of bad PR when he made the statement that his teacher, Geminiani who by that time had PR problems of his own, stemming from his questionable activities as an art dealer, was a greater composer than Handel, and recordings of his work have remained rare even as other unknowns of the late Baroque have resurfaced. This is the second Avison release to appear on Naxos from the Avison Ensemble and its leader, Ukrainian-born period-instrument player Pavlo Beznosiuk. The two sets of concertos included on these two discs are concerti grossi, pitting the full ripieno ensemble against a small solo group the concertino. Within the concertino, the violin tends to have a dominant role. When you think about how Vivaldi, or even Geminiani, handled the various levels that are thus set up, you understand why Avison's music has been left on the shelf. He wasn't an exceptional talent at writing for virtuoso violin, and only rarely are his tunes hummable. The concertino doesn't seem to cleave sharply from the ripieno, and the ho-hum sound also fails to clearly delineate the smaller group. Possibly the insistence on recording in a church of Avison's hometown of Newcastle-on-Tyne was to blame. Avison is at his best in the slow movements, with their simple structures, and some of his movement types are inventively varied. The diverse fugues "fuga capricciosa," "fuga da capella," "fuga del teatro" in the Opus 4 set are especially noteworthy. Beznosiuk is an exceptional Baroque violinist, and, serving here as both soloist and director, he achieves a sound to rival that of the group in which he apprenticed, the Academy of Ancient Music. It won't do to claim that these concertos are overlooked Baroque gems, but this disc is recommended for English music fans or lovers of the late Baroque concerto.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313290529
  • Catalog Number: 8557905-06
  • Sales rank: 145,700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in B flat major, Op. 3/4 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (8:02)
  2. 5–8 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in G minor, Op. 3/3 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (9:02)
  3. 9–12 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in D major, Op. 3/1 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (9:59)
  4. 13–16 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in E minor, Op. 3/2 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (8:22)
  5. 17–20 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in in D major, Op. 3/5 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (9:13)
  6. 21–24 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in G major, Op. 3/6 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (9:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in D minor, Op. 4/1 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (8:36)
  2. 5–8 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in A major, Op. 4/2 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (9:49)
  3. 9–14 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in D major, Op. 4/3 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (10:17)
  4. 15–17 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in G minor, Op. 4/4 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (10:08)
  5. 18–21 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in B flat major, Op. 4/5 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (9:46)
  6. 22–27 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in G major, Op. 4/6 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (10:00)
  7. 28–30 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in D major, Op. 4/7 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (7:09)
  8. 31–33 Concerto for violin & chamber orchestra in C minor, Op. 4/8 - Charles Avison & Pavlo Beznosiuk (10:31)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pavlo Beznosiuk Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously