The Avsion Ensemble - Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 6 - North London News

This handsomely presented 3-CD set of Handel's ever-fresh Concerti Grossi Op 6 by the Avison Ensemble brings it into direct competition with the recent version by Arte dei Suonitori on the BIS label. One would be hard pushed to choose between these excellent recordings by two of the leading period bands. Both groups eschew the optional oboe parts that Handel provided for four of the concertos, but this is no loss. Pavlo Beznosiuk directs exceptionally spirited performances of the twelve concerti, making each appear newly minted. The sound quality on this Linn recording is first-rate while the surround-sound option enhances the lively acoustic and adds an increased sense of realism to the proceedings. Warmly recommended.

04 August 2010