Thursday, August 26, 2010

Handel - Concerti Grossi Opus 6 - Avison Ensemble 3 cd




Handel's unrivaled masterpieces of the concerto grosso form and style--his Twelve Grand Concertos, in seven parts, for four violins, a tenor, a violoncello, with a thorough-bass for the harpsichord--here receive their finest recording to date, with performances that leave all others--both period- and modern-instrument versions--in their wake. For obvious reasons these 12 concertos have remained popular since their publication in 1740: the irresistibly congenial tunes and engaging rhythms, the free-spirited fugues, endearing Largos and Adagios, and overall vivacious writing for all instruments elicits correspondingly high-spirited responses from anyone within earshot of these unrelentingly entertaining works.
 
Pavlo Beznosiuk and his Avison Ensemble have left not a single Handelian note unaccounted for nor a delightful phrase unturned, and the ensemble Pavlo Beznosiuk playing is simply electrifying, crackling and sparking with the kind of head-on accents and lilting rhythmic lift that this music requires but rarely enjoys. You don't have to already know this music to appreciate (my favorite) Concerto No. 4 in A minor HWV 322, with its scintillating allegros, or the thrillingly accented opening dialog of Concerto No. 5 HWV 323, or the many beautifully drawn slow-movement melodies and catchy, clever dance movements.
 
We can cite individual players for their impressive effort, but when virtually everyone is performing at such a high level it doesn't seem appropriate--this is definitely a triumph of ensemble performance, where everyone is a master of the medium and the material, all of which is beautifully realized by the stunningly realistic, resoundingly vibrant sound engineering. By now you've got the picture: Essential!—David Vernier
 

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12 comments:

  1. the second section of the rar archive seems to be corrupted

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  2. Please try the repair tool in you winrar application. There is a 4% Recovery included...

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  3. Section 2 and 7 corrupted. I've not managed to repair the archive. A pity...

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  4. Did you try to d/l the 2 files again?

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  5. Fixed; I was using Chromium last build (buggy). Firefox fixed it. Thanks

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  6. I've been trying in vain for two days now to d/l part 2. Any suggestion how to get over this? Thank you.

    piklo

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  7. Perhaps you try to change your IP number?

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  8. But I'm not using JDownloader ...

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  9. sometimes switching off the modem helps too...

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  10. No, it's not what you think or I'm not aware of what you think :(
    However, the d/l of the "incriminated" part2 has miraculously just started :)))
    Cheers, Janez

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  11. Dear Otto, it seems that the part1.rar file is not available anymore on the filefactory webpage, could you please double check that? Thanks in advance and congratulations for your good taste on music.

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