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Avison/Scarlatti: 12 Concerti Grossi / Neville Marriner


Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438806   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles Avison
Performer:  Malcolm LatchemDenis VigayNicholas KraemerIona Brown
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Newcastle-born and -based, Charles Avison issued his string arrangements of harpsichord sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti in 1744. Forty-two of Scarlatti's sonatas had been published by Roseingrave in London five years earlier and it was these which, by and large, provided Avison with his material. 'By and large', since, as Stephen Roe remarks in his note, the sonatas included only two slow movements and Avison, planning 12 concertos in the slow-fast-slow-fast scheme favoured by his teacher, Geminiani, required 24. So, at ''extraordinary expence'', Avison got hold of some manuscript copies of further sonatas by Scarlatti which provided him with additional slow pieces. In the end, however, he inserted a few of his own, albeit in some cases Read more little more than cadential chords. Avison's arrangements are delightful and even as early as 1768 the novelist, Laurence Sterne had immortalized them in the Third Book of Tristram Shandy where he finds an ingenious analogy between Tristram's father's apoplectic rage and the Con furia movement of the Sixth Concerto. In a coda of some asperity Sterne then ticks off Avison for his use of such terms for, as he says, ''What has 'con furia'—'con strepito' [which Avison never used]—or any other hurly-burly whatever to do with harmony?''

These performances are lively in spirit, bringing out much of the charm and vitality of some inventive musical ideas. Marriner adopts sensible tempos throughout and has a good feeling for dance measures. The concertino players are excellent and the performances are almost consistently reliable in matters of tuning and ensemble....

All in all, this is an engaging issue of music that stands up to more than cursory investigation. The recorded sound is clear and there is effective differentiation between solos and tuttis. Lovers of Tristram Shandy will require no further recommendations, but the set should have a wider appeal.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [8/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 1 in A major by Charles Avison
Performer:  Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Denis Vigay (Cello), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord),
Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 2 in G major by Charles Avison
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Denis Vigay (Cello),
Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 3 in D minor by Charles Avison
Performer:  Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Denis Vigay (Cello),
Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 4 in A minor by Charles Avison
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Denis Vigay (Cello),
Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 5 in D minor by Charles Avison
Performer:  Denis Vigay (Cello), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Malcolm Latchem (Violin),
Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 10 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 6 in D major by Charles Avison
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Denis Vigay (Cello),
Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 14 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 7 in G minor by Charles Avison
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Denis Vigay (Cello),
Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 12 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 8 in E minor by Charles Avison
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Denis Vigay (Cello),
Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 9 in C major by Charles Avison
Performer:  Malcolm Latchem (Violin), Denis Vigay (Cello), Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord),
Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 12 Minutes 3 Secs. 
10.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 10 in D major by Charles Avison
Performer:  Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Iona Brown (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin),
Denis Vigay (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 11 in G major by Charles Avison
Performer:  Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Denis Vigay (Cello), Malcolm Latchem (Violin),
Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 14 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 12 in D major by Charles Avison
Performer:  Nicholas Kraemer (Harpsichord), Denis Vigay (Cello), Malcolm Latchem (Violin),
Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1978 
Venue:  London 
Length: 14 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti by Charles Avison
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 

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