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Avi Avital: "Bach".

During this week from the 15th to the 21th of October, at 12:00 AM and 12:00 PM (Madrid Time), you can listen to excerpts from the new album of Avi Avital: "Bach".

Bach, Avi Avital

Avi Avital



 Review from www.deutschegrammophon.com



. . . these concertos sing, gloriously. With the mandolin's quick decay ¿ and its lack of ornamental resource compared to the harpsichord, a more usual alternate instrument ¿ it would seem like the soul of this music would go missing . . . Avital's virtuosity and imagination are considerable; in his hands, the light, quicksilver tone of the mandolin acts like a dash of Mediterranean sun, making the concertos more ebullient, feathery. A poor soloist-ripieno balance would ruin things, but the modern strings and period continuo of the Kammerakademie Potsdam are vivid without drowning out Avital's restrained instrument . . . the album's highlight is a transcription of Bach's Flute Sonata BWV 1034; over a bed of theorbo and cello, Avital's mandolin paints a pointillist rainbow, unlikely and all the more lovely for it.

Record Review / Bradley Bambarger, Listen Magazine / 01. July 2012

This is a light and clever collection full of serious music, and a lovely summer listen. The mandolin turns out to be a fine substitute for the harpsichord in particular . . . making a selection like the album-opening Concerto in D minor sound comfortable and natural. In places where the music seems more contrived, Avital's slick virtuosity on the strings gets him through . . . Avital plays his parts so well that little is lost and old works sound fresh again.

Record Review / Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post / 15. July 2012

. . . [Avital] gives us exquisite and idiomatic transcriptions of three concerti (two originally for harpsichord, one for violin) and a sonata (originally for flute) on this album . . . Ideally, the listeners should lose themselves in the music, oblivious of its origins. Avital accomplishes this, both through his skill as a transcriber and with the sheer musicality of his interpretations. Avital's playing proffers a wide range of dynamics and tone that he modulates in an arresting manner . . . For the concerti, the tone of the mandolin blends well with the ensemble in the ritornelli and other tutti passages. It offers just enough of a different timbre and articulation to color these passages without dominating them. In the solo passages he brings the mandolin to the fore without sounding forced . . . In the popular Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV 1041), Avital's impressive technique makes the 32nd-note passages, normally taken in one bow by violinists, seem perfectly phrased ¿ even though each note is individually plucked with the plectrum . . . The orchestral sound is magnificent throughout, and the interpretations . . . are informed by a deep knowledge of performance practice. Balance between soloist and ensemble is good overall, and the quality of the recorded sound is up to DG's usual high standard. Avi Avital ¿ his playing proffers a wide range of dynamics and tone which he modulates in an arresting manner . . . Avital proves to be a fine interpreter of Bach, the instrumentalist's sensitivity to the timelessness of the composer's music evidence of a strong sense of "the long line".

Record Review / Jim Dalton, Artsfuge.org / 18. July 2012

. . . awe-inspiring skill and stylish musicianship . . . Avital's playing is nimble and precise . . . the intricate elaborations of the melodic line are spellbinding. His take on the Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings and Continuo No. 5 in F minor is also intimate and elegant . . . Avital's bright, effervescent sound brings a distinctive touch to the third movement of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor . . . it's time well spent.

Record Review / Ronni Reich, Star Ledger (Newark) / 20. July 2012

The Potsdam Chamber Academy plays very well . . . Avi Avital is an outstanding player . . . he does play Bach with passion and a firm deliberative intent. . . . I look forward to following his development, and those who love Bach will find much to savor here . . .

Record Review / Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition / 20. August 2012

Posted on 2012-10-15 00:39:13.027