Handel - Concerti Grossi op.6 | Linn CKR362

Handel - Concerti Grossi op.6


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKR362

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd June 2018



The Avison Ensemble


Pavlo Beznosiuk


Handel, George Frideric

Concerti grossi (12), op.6


The Avison Ensemble


Pavlo Beznosiuk


Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 6 marked the Linn debut of the outstanding period instrument orchestra, The Avison Ensemble. Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, Britain’s foremost Baroque violin virtuoso, the ensemble presents a fresh and insightful performance of the Baroque masterpiece. This recording earned Opus d’Or and BBC Music Magazine ‘Choice’ accolades, was named a ‘Finalist’ at the 2011 Gramophone Awards and High Fidelity’s ‘Best Recording of 2010’.

Handel’s Opus 6 is widely considered as one of the definitive examples of the concerto grosso form: their symphonic variety of colour, texture and emotion sets them apart from other examples. The Avison Ensemble has frequently performed these works since its formation in 1985; this recording represents a culmination of its experience.

Beznosiuk stated: ‘These new readings are a chance to revisit old and familiar friends and to reacquaint ourselves with Handel’s genius, but above all, to joyously revel in some of the greatest string music ever penned.’

The Avison Ensemble is one of England’s foremost exponents of 18th-century music on period instruments comprising some of Europe’s leading Baroque musicians. Formed in 1985, the Ensemble has attracted great critical acclaim; The Guardian commented: ‘I’d take the Avison Ensemble over Karajan any day’. The Avison Ensemble has appeared to critical acclaim at St. John’s Smith Square in London and at the Hallé Handel Festival in Germany.

Pavlo Beznosiuk, the UK’s foremost Baroque violin virtuoso, is in demand as a soloist and leader performing often with the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

‘I shall certainly return frequently to this splendid set.’ – BBC Music Magazine (Orchestral Choice)

‘The Avison’s accounts under Pavlo Beznosiuk have a natural, easy virtuosity that will endear them to purists...’ – The Sunday Times

‘A vivacious, highly detailed set.’ – The Independent on Sunday

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