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Avison Ensemble

Avison Ensemble

Despite having written over eighty string concertos and being hailed by the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "the most important English concerto composer of the 18th century", Charles Avison's music is still rarely performed on either modern or period instruments. There have been many recordings of Avison's famous arrangements of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas, however, it is astonishing that this CD of Twelve Concertos opus 6 represents the first ever recording of a complete opus by Charles Avison.

Several years ago, a colleague and I discovered a collection of eighteenth century music hidden away at the back of a cupboard. This turned out to be a number of concertos of the hitherto little known Newcastle born composer Charles Avison. Excited by the originality and freshness of the music, The Avison Ensemble was formed with the aim of enhancing public awareness of Charles Avison and the many other neglected British composers of the baroque period - composers thoroughly overshadowed by the brilliant career of George Frederick Handel, who was living and working in London at the time.




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