• Arcangelo Corelli

    Violin Sonatas Opus 5

    The Avison Ensemble

    Violin Sonatas Opus 5 2 sacd CKD 412
    Linn Records

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This marks the second recording in a series which will see Linn and The Avison Ensemble record Corelli's complete chamber music. The Avison Ensemble will release two further recordings of Corelli in 2013 celebrating the 300th anniversary of the composer's death.

The Op. 5 collection consists of eleven sonatas; the twelfth, and most popular, work is a series of twenty-three variations on the ‘Follia' of which Corelli was especially proud. All twelve pieces contain a variety of difficult violin techniques and director Pavlo Beznosiuk takes centre stage; his polished playing thrilling in its virtuosity.

Corelli's contribution to the history of violin performance was immense. All six of his published collections of instrumental music demonstrate his exceptional skill as a violinist and composer, but it was in his Op. 5 Sonatas that Corelli had the most significant impact on violin technique.

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. The Ensemble has attracted great critical acclaim since its formation in 1985.

'All of the works performed contain exceptionally difficult violin techniques, making this a must listen for classical music fans.' Artswrap

'[The playing] has enough audacity, daring and originality to make these astounding performances something truly special.' International Record Review