The Avison Ensemble - Corelli: Opus 5 - The Strad
01 June 2013The Strad
In this second volume of the Avison Ensemble's project to record Corelli's
complete chamber music, Pavlo Beznosiuk and his colleagues treat the twelve
op.5 Sonatas not merely as unaccompanied duos for violin and violone/cello
(with the option of substituting a harpsichord for the latter), but constantly
ring the changes by including an organ, archlute and guitar in the
instrumentarium. A true kaleidoscope of colours results.
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.
Additional ornamentation is supplied in abundance, the stylised dances are
sharply characterised, and the voicing of the polyphonic movements is
crystal-clear. Tempos are generally carefully determined, even if the Gavotta
of no.10 seems somewhat pedestrian at the outset. But there is good reason:
Beznosiuk's own additional variations are technically very challenging,
matching those of Matthew Dubourg for the equivalent movement of no.11.
The pitching of A=392Hz may play tricks with
some ears - indeed, there are moments of questionable intonation - but
Beznosiuk applies expressive vibrato generously, heightening the emotional
weight of phrases. His reading of the ‘La Folia' variations is especially
fluent, well paced and exhilarating.
Related LinksPavlo BeznosiukThe Avison EnsembleArcangelo Corelli: Opus 5: Violin Sonatas