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Leader: Simon Jones Artistic Director: Peter Harrison

The music of Charles Avison, the great English composer and organist, has been neglected for too long and we are delighted to offer the first recording on authentic instruments of these fine concerti.

These pieces were written to be played in various ways; as chamber concerti with continuo in the baroque style; as works for solo keyboard; or as string quartets, as such being the earliest English examples of that genre. On this disc the opportunity is taken to present individual concerti with either harpsichord or chamber organ continuo, or without either. The entire op. 9 set is played in the version for larger ensemble on divine art dda21211


Concerto, op.9 no 9 - allegro (extract)







Avison, Concerti, Op.9:
no.1 in G major;
no.4 in G minor;
no.6 in E minor;
no.7 in E flat major;

no.8 in B flat major;
no.9 in C minor

review extracts: for full reviews click here
"played with sprightly buoyancy and clean, crisp articulation, while the attractive final movements, often tunefully graceful minuets, are played with winning affection.  Leader Simon Jones deserves high praise for some particularly elegant playing" - Fanfare (USA)
"I would rate these almost the equal of Handel…..The Georgian Concert…have a real feel for this music, - the pizzicato accompaniment to the aria ending of op.9 no.4 is beautifully done, to cite but one example…excellent recording… very high marks to both Avison and the Georgian Concert. Can we now have the remaining works from op.9 please?"   - Francis Knights (International Record Review)
" This group produce a rather unusual intimate sound. This works really well in the slow movements… The playing is extremely good and the recording presents no problems…it is good to see such faithful servants of music like Duncan Druce still giving of his talent, experience and dedication." - David Wright (MusicWeb)
"The Georgian Concert give polished and technically perfect readings. The recording is texturally very clear"    Performance HHHH- Recording HHHH - David Denton (Yorkshire Post)
"I certainly hope there are further recordings planned…an especial pleasure …utterly natural sound…Highly recommended." - Early Music Review
“The works brim with elegance and intelligence, The Georgian Concert gives excellent performances” – Em Marshall (Albion Magazine)
"Plenty to charm the ear… Performances are spruce and spirited, with stylishly turned obbligato contributions and a nice feeling for Avison's dance rhythms."
Performance HHHH   Recording HHHH   - Richard Wigmore (BBC Music Magazine)
"The music is so enjoyable that it is a pity that more concerti were not included. Overall this is an attractive and interesting disc which can be fully recommended to anyone interested in early English music."- Arthur Baker (MusicWeb)
“pleasingly polished and stylish performances… the recording is natural and the ambience just right” – Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
“Some very interesting works… The Georgian Consort play all the works with consummate skill” – Gerald Fenech (ClassicalNet)