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Hybrid Multichannel Super Audio CD / HDCD - 2 Disc Set

Antonio Vivaldi
Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Opus 8
including 'Le Quattro Stagioni' (The Four Seasons)


THE AVISON ENSEMBLE
Pavlo Beznosiuk (director)

CKD365 [2-SACD set]


    “Beznosiuk is an excellent judge of textures and tempi and his leadership is authoritative and nuanced.” Gramophone

    “ …the Avisons achieve what every composer hopes for their music, namely the ability to move the listener's spirit.   Bravo.” BBC Online
• This is the highly-anticipated second recording in the Avison Ensemble’s Baroque series, which includes the complete recording of Antonio Vivaldi’s virtuosic violin concertos by the outstanding period instrument orchestra.

• Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, Britain’s foremost Baroque violin virtuosi, the ensemble presents an insightful performance of the masterpiece that is brimming with energy.

• Vivaldi’s Concerti Opus 8 includes The Four Seasons which is, without a doubt, Vivaldi’s best-known work.

• Each of the twelve concertos is extremely demanding and Beznosiuk’s virtuosity permeates throughout each performance.

• The thematic elements within each innovative work results in a collection that is colourful, fresh and emotionally charged.   Opus 8 is a true testament of Vivaldi's ability for invention and variation.

• Formed in 1985, the Ensemble has attracted great critical acclaim.   The Guardian commented: “I'd take the Avison Ensemble over Karajan any day.”

• The Avison Ensemble comprises some of Europe's leading Baroque musicians, including artists from The Hague, Germany, France, Austria and London, with international soloists from all over the globe.

• Pavlo Beznosiuk, the UK's foremost baroque violin virtuoso, is in demand as a soloist and orchestral leader performing regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

DISC 1______________________________________________________

THE FOUR SEASONS
Violin Concerto in E Major, Op.8, No.l, RV.269, 'La Primavera' (Spring)
(  1.) Allegro (3.29)     (  2.) Largo (2.39)     (  3.) Allegro (4.04)

Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.8, No.2, RV.315, 'L'Estate' (Summer)
(  4.) Allegro non molto (5.14)     (  5.) Adagio (2.11)     (  6.) Presto (2.49)

Violin Concerto in F Major, Op.8, No.3, RV.293, 'L'Autunno' (Autumn)
(  7.) Allegro (4.53)     (  8.) Adagio molto (2.05)     (  9.) Allegro (3.10)

Violin Concerto in F minor, Op,8, No.4, RV.297, 'L'Inverno' (Winter)
(10.) Allegro non molto (3.27)     (11.) Largo (1.42)     (12.) Allegro (3.05)
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Violin Concerto in E flat Major, Op.8, No.5, RV253, 'La Tempesta di Mare'
(13.) Presto (3.00)     (14.) Largo (2.08)     (15.) Presto (3.56)

Violin Concerto in C Major, Op.8, No.6, RV.180, 'II Piacere'
(16.) Allegro (3.24)     (17.) Largo e cantabile (2.34)     (18.) Allegro (3.11)

TOTAL TIME: 57.54

DISC 2______________________________________________________

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8, No.7, RV.242
(  1.) Allegro (3.11)     (  2.) Largo (1.47)     (  3.) Allegro (3.04)

Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.8, No.8, RV.332
(  4.) Allegro (3.30)     (  5.) Largo (2.06)     (  6.) Allegro (4.01)

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8, No.9, RV.236
(  7.) Allegro (3.09)     (  8.) Largo (1.59)     (  9.) Allegro (2.49)

Violin Concerto in B flat Major, Op.8, No.10, RV.362, 'La Caccia'
(10.) Allegro (3.37)     (11.) Adagio (2.11)     (12.) Allegro (2.36)

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.8, No.11, RV.210
(13.) Allegro (4.51)     (14.) Largo (2.24)     (15.) Allegro (5.03)

Violin Concerto in C Major, Op.8, No.12, RV.178
(16.) Allegro (3.13)     (17.) Largo (2.08)     (18.) Allegro (3.44)

TOTAL TIME: 56.16



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