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Corelli: Violin Sonatas / Beznosiuk, Avison Ensemble

Corelli / Avison Ensemble / Beznosiuk
Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 412   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 2 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Considering how important the Corelli Op 5 duo sonatas are in the history of violin playing, performances and recordings of these exquisitely crafted works are surprisingly rare. Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr released the last complete recording of note in 2003. Now it's the turn of the Avison Ensemble, with the solo violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk, to take up the challenge with this stylish new two-disc set.

Beznosiuk plays with enormous affinity and charm, his fluent and imaginative ornamentation always within the bounds of the pulse and good taste. Having chosen not to ornament the repeats slavishly, he retains the power to surprise and delight us even to the last sonata. In the opening Grave of the Sixth Sonata, he gradually
Read more increases the ornamentation over the course of the movement with great rhetorical effect (disc 1, tr 26); his own variations on the Gavotta of the 10th (disc 2, tr 16) are a breath of fresh air and more than stand comparison with those of Dubourg in the 11th (disc 2, tr 22). Beznosiuk makes the simplest line speak eloquently and knows how and when to use silence to good effect (disc 1, trs 11 and 19). His greatest achievement, however, may be to make us occasionally think we are actually listening to a trio sonata by exploiting the different timbres of his violin strings to create the sense of two violins duetting, most strikingly in the Sixth Sonata.

Corelli's 12 Op 5 Sonatas, da chiesa and da camera, have inspired musicians as far back as Eduard Melkus in 1973 (Archiv, 5/91 - nla) to experiment with the continuo forces in their recordings. Particularly evident throughout this recording is the exceptional rapport between the members of the Avison, though they only play all together in the Sixth Sonata. Roger Hamilton, alternating between the organ and the harpsichord, is particularly sympathetic in the Eighth. Cellist Richard Tunnicliffe ably ensures further moments of trio sonata texture (disc 1, tr 1; disc 2, trs 12, 19 and 28); and with Paula Chateauneuf, alternating between the archlute and guitar, he provides some of the most colourful collaborative effects (disc 2, trs 3, 4, 24 and 29). This is an immensely enjoyable release.

-- Julie Anne Sadie, Gramophone [4/2013]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 1 in D major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 2 in B flat major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 3 in C major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in F major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 9 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 5 in G minor by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 9 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 6 in A major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 7 in D minor by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 8 in E minor by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
9. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 9 in A major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 10 in F major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 16 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 11 in E major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 11 Minutes 58 Secs. 
12. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 12 in D minor "La Follia" by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambrid 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 5, No. 1: I. Grave - Allegro - Adagio
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 5, No. 1: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 5, No. 1: III. Allegro
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 5, No. 1: IV. Adagio
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 5, No. 1: V. Allegro
Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5, No. 2: I. Grave
Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5, No. 2: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5, No. 2: III. Vivace
Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5, No. 2: IV. Adagio
Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5, No. 2: V. Vivace
Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3: I. Adagio
Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3: III. Adagio
Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3: IV. Allegro
Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3: V. Giga: Allegro
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 4: I. Adagio
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 4: II. Allegro
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 4: III. Vivace
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 4: IV. Adagio
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 4: V. Allegro
Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 5: I. Adagio
Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 5: II. Vivace
Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 5: III. Adagio
Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 5: IV. Vivace
Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 5: V. Giga: Allegro
Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 5, No. 6: I. Grave
Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 5, No. 6: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 5, No. 6: III. Allegro
Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 5, No. 6: IV. Adagio
Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 5, No. 6: V. Allegro
Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 7: I. Preludio: Vivace
Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 7: II. Corrente: Allegro
Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 7: III. Sarabanda: Largo
Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 7: IV. Giga: Allegro
Sonata No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 5, No. 8: I. Preludio: Largo
Sonata No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 5, No. 8: II. Allemanda: Allegro
Sonata No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 5, No. 8: III. Sarabanda: Largo
Sonata No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 5, No. 8: IV. Giga: Allegro
Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 5, No. 9: I. Preludio: Largo
Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 5, No. 9: II. Giga: Allegro
Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 5, No. 9: III. Adagio
Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 5, No. 9: IV. Tempo di Gavotta: Allegro
Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 10: I. Preludio: Adagio
Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 10: II. Allemanda: Allegro
Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 10: III. Sarabanda: Largo
Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 10: IV. Gavotta: Allegro (6 variations by Pavlo Beznosiuk)
Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 10: V. Allegro
Sonata in E Major, Op. 5, No. 11: I. Preludio: Adagio
Sonata in E Major, Op. 5, No. 11: II. Allegro
Sonata in E Major, Op. 5, No. 11: III. Adagio
Sonata in E Major, Op. 5, No. 11: IV. Vivace
Sonata in E Major, Op. 5, No. 11: V. Gavotta: Allegro (4 variations by Matthew Dubourg)
Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia": I. Adagio
Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia": II. Allegro
Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia": III. Adagio
Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia": IV. Vivace
Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia": V. Andante
Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia": VI. Adagio
Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia": VII. Allegro

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