Vivaldi - Il Cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione op.8 | Linn CKR365

Vivaldi - Il Cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione op.8

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKR365

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd June 2018

Contents

Artists

Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin)
The Avison Ensemble

Conductor

Pavlo Beznosiuk

Works

Vivaldi, Antonio

Violin Concertos (12), op.8 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'

Artists

Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin)
The Avison Ensemble

Conductor

Pavlo Beznosiuk

About

In its second release on Linn, The Avison Ensemble explores the rich diversity and delights of all twelve concertos in Vivaldi’s Opus 8. It includes the composer’s most famous work, ‘The Four Seasons’, which contains some of the most instantly recognizable music ever composed and is today viewed as a pinnacle of musical art.

Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, The Avison Ensemble presents an insightful and spirited performance of the masterpiece. Each of the twelve concertos is extremely demanding and Beznosiuk’s virtuosity permeates throughout each performance. The thematic elements within each innovative work results in a collection that is colourful, fresh and emotionally charged and a true testament of Vivaldi’s ability for invention and variation.

Beznosiuk states: ‘The Four Seasons are well-known, well-loved and great fun to play, but let us not forget how richly characterful the other eight concerti are also. Throughout the set Vivaldi’s musical energy vibrates within us, connecting us to him in an irresistible, celebratory collection.’

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.

‘…performances which are as entertaining, compelling and colourful as they are authoritative and polished.’ – International Record Review

‘This is another excellent recording to add to the distinguished list of the best available recordings.’ – MusicWeb International

‘…formidable and engaging…consistently first-class.’ – Classics Today

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