Popular since their publication, Corelli’s two sets of chamber sonatas are a pinnacle of Baroque Italian instrumental music.
They demonstrate a superior level of craftsmanship; they are of the highest quality, exquisitely refined and a good example of perfection in music.
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 chamber sonatas that he first used what was to be known as the ‘Corelli clash’.
‘Opus 2 & 4: Chamber Sonatas’ marks the third recording in a series which will see The Avison Ensemble record Corelli’s complete chamber music celebrating the 300th anniversary of the composer’s death in 2013.
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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.
‘The Avison Ensemble offer suave, personable performances, allowing this exquisitely engaging music to do its own work.’ The Sunday Times
‘What emerges in Pavlo Beznosiuk’s supple performance with the Avison Ensemble is music of immense suavity and elegance.’ The Independent
‘Poised and eloquent accounts.’ BBC Music Magazine
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