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12 Concerti Grossi After Scarl

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Thought by many to be Avison's greatest masterpieces, these arrangements of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas were for many decades the only Avison music known. Now thanks to Gordon Dixon and the Avison Ensemble, a complete edition of his quite large output is weill underway; this is the fifth in the series, following two sets on Naxos and two on Divine Art. This is sublime baroque music at its best, performed on period instruments.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A very good set Sept. 4 2012
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have very much enjoyed all of the Avison Ensemble's recordings of their eponymous composer's works and this is no exception. This set of Twelve Concerti after Scarlatti has been recorded by a number of fine ensembles over the years and it is easy to see why. They are varied, skilful and full of melody and harmonic invention making the whole set a pleasure to listen to.

Pavlo Beznosiuk has established himself as a major international star of baroque music and his skill and experience make this a very good recording indeed. The small ensemble are all excellent players who imbue all these concerti with real meaning so that they never become bland baroque wallpaper, and the virtuosity is such that there is a wonderful sense of relaxed enjoyment even in the really difficult parts. It is exemplary playing in my view and at least the equal of any other recording I know - even the fabulous café Zimmermann disc, which is really saying something.

With excellent recorded sound and a nicely presented booklet with good notes, this is a really good set all round and warmly recommended.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good recording of seldom performed pieces July 11 2012
By chris716cape - Published on Amazon.com
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These Avison concerti are seldom performed and often interpreted in a wide range of tempi and arrangements. While not the best of the interpretations, this recording is the best currently in "print." This best, in my view, is by the Ensemble L'Aura Soave - Cremona, but they have no CD currently in production.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Scarlatti: 12 Concerti Grossi--beautifully done May 11 2009
By Davars - Published on Amazon.com
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This cd is nicely done with high production quality, brilliantly performed... I will not tire listening to it again and again.

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