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Handel Concerti Grossi - The Avison Ensemble - Opus dOr - english


19 August 2010
Opus d'Or
Jean-Jacques Millo

The Concerti Grossi Opus 6 by Haendel are the "natural" descendants of a pallet of famous composers, "from the glorious tradition of a Torelli and above all a Corelli, whose Concerti Grossi Opus 6 were first published in Amsterdam in 1714, even if they were first played in Rome in 1682," explains Marc Vignal, who adds: "In England, the Opus 2 by Albinoni first appeared in 1709, the Opus 3 by Vivaldi no doubt in 1714, the Opus 6 by Corelli in 1715, and the Opus 3 by Geminiani towards 1732. It was perhaps John Walsh himself, who became the Haendel's principal publisher, who asked him to become of member of this distinguished lineage." The Avison Ensemble, under the direction of Pavlo Beznosiuk, here offers us no less than a small musical miracle. Indeed, with exemplary cohesion, each and every musician gives his best, and clarity dominates the ensemble with radiance rarely heard. Everything seems to be weightless, ethereal even, all for our pleasure. Here is a landmark SACD, sumptuously recorded, that one should not hesitate to acquire.


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