Avi Avital: Art of the Mandolin

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Avi Avital: Art of the Mandolin
Avi Avital (mandolin) / Venice Baroque Orchestra, with Alon Sariel (mandolin) & Sean Shibe (guitar)

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 13 November 2020

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Art of the Mandolin is Avi Avital's first recording program consisting exclusively of pieces originally written for the mandolin. His personal take on the best existing repertoire for the instrument, and a showcase presentation of the fullest spectrum of its expressive potential.

From Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Mandolins in G Major through Beethoven's seldom performed Adagio in E flat Major to contemporary pieces commissioned over the last few years by Avi himself works by composers like Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Ben Haim, David Bruce, Giovanni Sollima , Hans Werner Henze

This project represents a return to the heart of the instrument from a very long journey, which had Avi and his mandolin travel to the terrain of the violin, the harpsichord, the flute… This is the moment to call it home, and present pieces written for mandolin.

Musical Partners: Venice Baroque Orchestra, Anneleen Lenaerts (harp), Sean Shibe (guitar), Yizhar Karshon (harpsichord), Ophira Zakai (theorbo)

"Avital's latest release looks back over 300 years of mandolin music, starting with Vivaldi's enchanting Double Mandolin Concerto (partnered by Alon Sariel), which is brought sparklingly to life, with the Venice Baroque Orchestra providing deftly engaging accompaniment." BBC Music

"[Avital] presents a multifaceted portrait of an instrument 'at once familiar and unknown'. It's also a veritable paean to plucked strings, celebrating the happy union of mandolin, guitar, theorbo, harp and harpsichord. The resulting variety of colours and textures is just one of the innumerable pleasures of this recording...The jaunty jouissance of the Vivaldi G major Concerto…makes for a thrilling curtain-raiser." Gramophone


Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532

Beethoven: Adagio for Mandolin and Harpsichord in E Flat Major, WoO 43b (Transcr. for Mandolin and Harp)

Bruce, D: "Death Is a Friend of Ours" for Mandolin, Harp, Harpsichord, Theorbo, Guitar

Sollima: Prelude for Mandolin Solo

Scarlatti, D: Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 89

Ben-Haim: Sonata a Tre for Mandolin, Guitar, Harpsichord

Henze, H: Carillon, Récitatif and Masque for Mandolin, Guitar, Harp

Avi Avital - Sollima: Prelude for Mandolin Solo