The Avison Ensemble - Corelli: Opus 5 - The Irish Times

Arcangelo Corelli's 12 violin sonatas, the most highly regarded of their time, were famously re-published in 1710 in an edition that includes sections with written-out embellishments. These are said to have come from the composer himself, and so provide a valuable insight into 18th-century practices. The Avison Ensemble's violinist, Pavlo Beznosiuk, casts them aside in favour of spur-of-the-moment inventions of his own, which fill the bill with stylish and imaginative aplomb. His playing is often both busier and more laid-back than you'll usually hear in these pieces. And with accompaniments ranging across organ, harpsichord, archlute, guitar and cello, there's no lack of variety in these rewarding performances.

The Irish Times
12 April 2013