Shopping Cart

0 Items in Cart
The Avison Ensemble

The Avison Ensemble

An outstanding period instrument orchestra which has been performing together since 1985.




Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
The seventh volume in the perpetually popular Linn Collection series. 

AKP 459  

Corelli: Opus 1 & 3: Church Sonatas
Corelli: Opus 1 & 3: Church Sonatas
The final recording in The Avison Ensemble's series of the complete chamber works of Corelli. 

CKD 414  

Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

Corelli: Opus 2 & 4: Chamber Sonatas
Corelli: Opus 2 & 4: Chamber Sonatas
This marks the third recording in The Avison Ensemble's complete Corelli chamber music series. 

CKD 413  

Arcangelo Corelli: Opus 5: Violin Sonatas
Arcangelo Corelli: Opus 5: Violin Sonatas
The second in the series in which The Avison Ensemble will record Corelli's complete chamber music. 

CKD 412  

Arcangelo Corelli Opus 6: Concerti Grossi
Arcangelo Corelli Opus 6: Concerti Grossi
The first recording in the Avison Ensemble's collection to celebrate the chamber music of Corelli. 

CKD 411  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8
Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8
The Avison Ensemble presents an insightful performance that is brimming with energy. 

CKD 365  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 6
Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 6
The period ensemble give a fresh and insightful performance of Handel's masterpiece 

CKD 362  

The Avison Ensemble is one of England's foremost exponents of eighteenth-century music on period instruments. It is named after Charles Avison (1709-1770), the Newcastle-born composer, conductor and organist, ‘the most important English concerto composer of the 18th Century' (New Grove).

In addition to playing other works from the Baroque and early Classical periods, The Avison Ensemble is also a training ground for young up and coming musicians to gain experience at period performance practice and styles, affording them the opportunity to work with outstanding directors and soloists. The Ensemble has an active outreach programme involving thousands of children each year in music education projects throughout the north-east of England.

The Avison Ensemble's recording of the complete works of Charles Avison on both the Naxos and Divine Art labels has been exceptionally well received. Their recording of Six Cello Concertos by John Garth has been a sensational success, having been reprinted several times during the first year of its release and is regularly played on Classic FM. In 2009, The Avison Ensemble released their acclaimed first recording on Linn: Handel's Concerti Grossi Opus 6. This work is widely regarded as the composer's greatest contribution to the Baroque period and the recording received critical acclaim:

Orchestral Choice: ‘I shall certainly return frequently to this splendid set.' 
BBC Music Magazine

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

‘Where The Avison Ensemble really triumphs...is in conveying a sense of occasion and musical opulence...Magnificent!' 
International Record Review

In 2011 The Avison Ensemble released its second recording with Linn, Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8, which includes the wonderful ‘Four Seasons'. This album received similarly high praise:

Disc of the Week: 'Plenty of bold colours...recorded with immediacy and real presence.' 
BBC Radio 3 CD Review

‘One of the most vibrant, authentic and involving recordings of Vivaldi's violin concertos I've heard.' 
Classic FM Magazine

In 2012, The Avison Ensemble began its greatly anticipated series to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Arcangelo Corelli and to celebrate his chamber music with the release of Corelli: Opus 6 Concerti Grossi, Corelli: Opus 5 Violin Concertos and Corelli: Opus 2 & 4 Chamber Sonatas.

‘The Avison Ensemble offer suave, personable performances, allowing this exquisitely engaging music to do its own work.' 
The Sunday Times

‘What emerges in Pavlo Beznosiuk's supple performance with the Avison Ensemble is music of immense suavity and elegance - from the enchanting largo of the 6th, to the tender pastoral of the Christmas Concerto.' 
The Independent

‘This is an immensely enjoyable release.' 
Gramophone

As well as performing regularly in the English regions, The Avison Ensemble has appeared to critical acclaim at St John's, Smith Square in London and at the Hallé Handel Festival in Germany, and has recently performed at St James' Palace with the Choir of Her Majesty the Queen's Chapel Royal. The Ensemble was the largest orchestra in the opening concert series at Kings Place, London, performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto as part of an all-Beethoven programme on period instruments, and they returned to Kings Place in December 2012 to present a Corelli festival series.

In addition to playing other works from the Baroque and early Classical periods, The Avison Ensemble is also a training ground for young up and coming musicians to gain experience at period performance practice and styles, affording them the opportunity to work with outstanding directors and soloists. The Ensemble has an active outreach programme involving thousands of children each year in music education projects throughout the north-east of England.

The Avison Ensemble's recording of the complete works of Charles Avison on both the Naxos and Divine Art labels has been exceptionally well received. Their recording of Six Cello Concertos by John Garth has been a sensational success, having been reprinted several times during the first year of its release and is regularly played on Classic FM. In 2009, The Avison Ensemble released their acclaimed first recording on Linn: Handel's Concerti Grossi Opus 6. This work is widely regarded as the composer's greatest contribution to the Baroque period and the recording received critical acclaim:

Orchestral Choice: ‘I shall certainly return frequently to this splendid set.' 
BBC Music Magazine

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

In 2012, The Avison Ensemble began its greatly anticipated series to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Arcangelo Corelli and to celebrate his chamber music with the release of Corelli: Opus 6 Concerti Grossi, Corelli: Opus 5 Violin Concertos and Corelli: Opus 2 & 4 Chamber Sonatas.

‘The Avison Ensemble offer suave, personable performances, allowing this exquisitely engaging music to do its own work.' 
The Sunday Times

As well as performing regularly in the English regions, The Avison Ensemble has appeared to critical acclaim at St John's, Smith Square in London and at the Hallé Handel Festival in Germany, and has recently performed at St. James' Palace with the Choir of Her Majesty the Queen's Chapel Royal. The Ensemble was the largest orchestra in the opening concert series at Kings Place, London, performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto as part of an all-Beethoven programme on period instruments, and they returned to Kings Place in December 2012 to present a Corelli festival series.

 


For further information - www.avisonensemble.com
Gramophone Award Finalists Announced
16 August 2011
Retrospect Ensemble, Phantasm and Avison Ensemble nominated
more >>

Linn Records Nominated for Six International Classical Music Awards
02 December 2010
Linn Records is proud to announce that six Linn recordings have been nomiated for the 2011 International Classical Music Awards.
more >>

International Record Review
'…mesmerizing performances…there is none better!'
more >>

InfoDad.com
4 Stars
'The excellent SACD sound provides an aura of both intimacy and clarity to the sonatas, and the performances are so well paced and transparently balanced that it is hard to imagine better readings.'
more >>

AllMusic.com
4 Stars
'Britain's Avison Ensemble has a homogeneous, silvery tone that serves the music well, emphasizing its classic qualities...'
more >>

American Record Guide
'The notes are thorough and interesting; the sound is excellent also.'
more >>

MusicWeb International
'enjoyable'
more >>

ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
'reference-quality performances'
more >>

Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'...musically affectionate, stylistically expert...'
more >>

The Sunday Times
'The illustrious five players of the Avison Ensemble offer shapely readings, phrasing beautifully and making the most of every nuance.'
more >>

American Record Guide
'What The Avison Ensemble offers in this new release is a new gold standard for Corelli performance.'
more >>

musica Dei donum
'...outstanding performances. They produce a beautiful tone, play with great agility and pay much attention to the rhythmic pulse.'
more >>

Fanfare
'This is an essential addition to the Corelli discography. Urgently recommended.'
more >>

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'The interaction among these musicians is simply breathtaking...'
more >>

BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
‘...graceful, finely controlled performances – by turns lyrical, fleet, playful, imbued with an effortless style...’
more >>

MusicWeb International
Recording of the month: '...the finest Baroque players...'
more >>

The Strad
‘…Pavlo Beznosiuk and the Avison Ensemble offer…perceptive performances that are brimming with energy, lyricism, spontaneity and, where relevant, convincing extra-musical detail.’


Hi Fi_
‘…the playing here is as good as it gets.’
more >>

The Strad
‘These are urbane performances, constantly engaging, fascinating in the minutiae of the playing, the sharing of prominence between parts, and in the conversational ebb and flow of counterpoint.’
more >>

Gramophone
‘Pavlo Beznosiuk and the Avison Ensemble have clearly given much thought and attention to their performances: beautifully understated, and allowing the music to speak for itself.’
more >>

BBC Radio 3: CD Review
'...so simple, so elegant and so restrained in that performance. And so influential …'
more >>

AllMusic.com
4 Stars
'...the players achieve a sparkling liveliness in the fast movements that few other groups seem to manage with period strings.'
more >>

The Strad
The Strad Recommends: ‘A masterclass in Baroque string playing…’
more >>

All Music Guide
'...the virtues of the Avison group are once again on full display here; the players achieve a sparkling liveliness...it's beautifully done...'
more >>

The Strad
'These discs have all the virtues expected of the Avison brand – an exemplary recording with immediacy and presence and idiomatic, thoroughly polished performances with laudable improvisational flair, internal rapport and blend.'
more >>

Infodad
' The pacing of the faster movements, and the balance within them, are particularly impressive...top-notch, historically sensitive performances.'
more >>

Audiophilia
'...it was the immense popular impact of Corelli's music, and its powerful influence upon the composers a generation his junior, that ushered in the High Baroque. The reverence in which his concertos and sonatas are held has never waned over the centuries since...'
more >>

BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'The Linn recording is luminous and sensitively balanced.'
more >>

MusicWeb International
'A worthy successor to the Avisons' recording of Corelli's Op.6 concerti grossi.'
more >>

Fanfare
'This is an essential addition to the Corelli discography. Urgently recommended.'
more >>

The Irish Times
5 Stars
'There's no lack of variety in these rewarding performances.'
more >>

Blog.codaex.de
4½ Stars
German Review: 'This old music is alive! The Avison Ensemble has succeeded with their second Corelli release for the year, a stunning continuation of a great beginning. Our CD of the Month April 2013.'
more >>

BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'a subtle graciousness that seems to capture the essence of Corelli's polished style'
more >>

Gramophone
'This is an immensely enjoyable release.'
more >>

American Record Guide
'I can recommend this release without reservation'


American Record Guide
'I can recommend this release without reservation...'
more >>

BBC Radio 3
Chosen as a 'Building a Library' recommendation by David Vickers
more >>

International Record Review
'[The playing] has enough audacity, daring and originality to make these astounding performances something truly special.'
more >>

Artswrap
'All of the works performed contain exceptionally difficult violin techniques, making this a must listen for classical music fans.'


International Record Review
'The Avison Ensemble sets its unique seal on the performance'
more >>

Early Music Review
'This is still a beautiful disc and the excellent sleeve notes add to its allure.'
more >>

Early Music Review
Live review: 'Corelli at Christmas'
more >>

SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'meltingly lyrical in the slow movements and full of life in the faster ones.'
more >>

Gramophone
'...the sense of ensemble is faultless and, in the faster movements, breathtakingly impressive.'
more >>

MusicWeb International
Recordings Of The Year 2012: 'The Avisons get the mix for this set of famous concerti absolutely right.'
more >>

The Independent
5 Stars
Live Review: Corelli at Christmas, Avison Ensemble, Rebecca Bottone, Kings Place, London
more >>

Classical CD Review
'Admirers of Baroque music will find much of interest...recorded with warm sound in a resonant acoustic excellent audio with performers in front.'
more >>

The Strad
‘This first album in the Avison Ensemble’s project commemorating the 300th anniversary of Corelli’s death offers well-considered period-instrument accounts that are stylish, imaginative and technically assured.’
more >>

Musique pour tous
'Great interpretation'
more >>

The Irish Times
'...relaxed and purposefully pointed.'
more >>

Audiophile Audition
'...highly refined and some have extremely virtuosic parts...'
more >>

Music Web International
'...a strong claim to offer the lightest and airiest accounts that I’ve heard...'
more >>

BBC Radio 3
'Delightfully amiable, effervescent performances of all twelve concertos recorded with an enjoyable level of warmth and detail.'
more >>

Codaex
Arcangelo Corelli war zweifellos einer der „Top-Stars“ im Italien der Barockzeit,
more >>

Sunday Times
...suave, personable performances
more >>

BBC Music
'There is rhythmic vivacity'
more >>

Codaex
Features in: 'Codaex interesting releases October 2012'


The Independent
'immense suavity and elegance'
more >>

Audiophilia
'...the net result is simply lovely'.
more >>

The Consort
'...point of distinction is that this is an interpretation characterised overall by lyricism - indeed gentleness - rather than panache, even on the soloist's part.'
more >>

Musicweb International
I particularly like the way the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra plays the last phrase piano: the music dies with the prey'.
more >>

Halesowen News
'...they breathe new life into the splendours of the Italian Baroque with all their familiar insight and attention to detail.'
more >>

Fanfare
'Strongly recommended'
more >>

Pizzicato
5 Stars
A glowing review in German from Pizzicato.
more >>

American Record Guide
'The notes are good, the sound excellent'.
more >>

Classic FM Magazine
4 Stars
'...one of the most vibrant, authentic and involving recordings of Vivaldi's violin concertos I've heard.'
more >>

Early Music Review
'Pavlo Beznosiuk's virtuoso playing...'
more >>

Positive Feedback Online
'There is definitely a place for Beznosiuk's Handel among the favorites'.
more >>

International Record Review
'...offering up performances which are as entertaining, compelling and colourful as they are authoritative and polished.'
more >>

Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'powerfully played'
more >>

Classical Source
'...performances full of thoughtful and thought-provoking insight'
more >>

ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
Artist quality: 10 / Sound quality: 10 "consistently first-class"
more >>

BBCi
"A delightful new set which showcases The Four Seasons' startling originality."
more >>

AllMusic.com
'... Beznosiuk's band is a remarkably flexible instrument.'
more >>

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...beautifully characterized in sensitive performances by director/solo violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk and the fifteen members of that fine English organization, The Avison Ensemble.'
more >>

BBC Radio 3 CD Review
Disc of the Week: 'Plenty of bold colours...recorded with immediacy and real presence on the Linn label.'


Independent on Sunday
"...Delicious"
more >>

Fanfare
'Pavlo Beznosiuk's recording of the Op. 6 concerti grossi has a vigor and vitality that set it apart from other performances.'
more >>

BBC Radio 3 CD Review
Disc of the Week: 'Lovely, warm colourful playing.'
more >>

MusicWeb International
'This is another excellent recording to add to the distinguished list of the best available recordings.'
more >>

Audiophilia.com
'...achingly beautiful and pulsating with energy and life. The precision of their ensemble playing is breathtaking, their interpretations almost impossibly stylish.'
more >>

Gramophone
"...authoritative and nuanced."
more >>

Classique Info
Classique Info Ring Award: "...ces trois disques pleins d'élégance, de rythme, de vie constituent tout simplement une nouvelle et incontestable référence pour ces œuvres. Pas moins."
more >>

Listen: Life With Classical Music
'...the ensemble playing is simply electrifying, crackling and sparkling...'
more >>

Scotland on Sunday
5 Stars
"Great music, beautifully packaged and skilfully played..."
more >>

The Strad
'These are urbane performances, constantly engaging, fascinating in the minutiae of the playing, the sharing of prominence between parts, and in the conversational ebb and flow of counterpoint.'
more >>

Classical Music Magazine
5 Stars
"A satisfying set, pleasingly recorded."
more >>

Klassik.com
'...Stilbewusstsein, Klangsinn und ein sicheres Gespür für die kompositorischen Strukturen.'
more >>

International Record Review
"Where the Avison Ensemble really triumphs...is in conveying a sense of occasion and musical opulence...Magnificent!"
more >>

Opus d'Or
Opus d'Or Award: Here is a landmark SACD, sumptuously recorded, that one should not hesitate to acquire.
more >>

Opus d'Or
Opus d'Or Award: Un triple SACD de référence dans une prise de son somptueuse à acquérir sans tarder.
more >>

Musikzen
"...exécution impeccable, justesse sans défaut..."
more >>

The Herald
"...bursting with vigour, wit, style, refinement and some juicily characterful playing..."
more >>

The Sunday Times
"The Avison's accounts under Pavlo Beznosiuk have a natural, easy virtuosity that will endear them to purists..."
more >>

Financial Times
4 Stars
"...the Avison Ensemble proves itself a flexible, high-spirited group..."
more >>

BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
Orchestral Choice: "I shall certainly return frequently to this splendid set."
more >>

Early Music Review
"...First rate..."
more >>

North London News
"Exceptionally spirited performances...Warmly recommended."
more >>

BBC Online
"...the Avisons achieve what every composer hopes for their music, namely the ability to move the listener's spirit. Bravo."
more >>

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"I like everything I hear about this marvelous Handel release."
more >>

The Irish Times
"...bright and breezy al fresco energy..."
more >>

ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
"...beautifully realized by the stunningly realistic, resoundingly vibrant sound engineering...Essential!"
more >>

The Independent on Sunday
A vivacious, highly detailed set.
more >>

Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
...right up there with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti as one of the greatest examples of instrumental works of the High Baroque.
more >>

MusicWeb International
Download of the Month: "...this could well become my benchmark in future for this wonderful music..."
more >>