dda 25059           world premiere recording
                                              2 CDs for price of 1
A FANFARE CLASSICAL HALL OF FAME SELECTED CD
 
  
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JOHN GARTH: CELLO CONCERTOS
RICHARD TUNNICLIFFE (Cello),
THE AVISON ENSEMBLE

There are many fine compositions still lying undiscovered, and until recently this was true of the six Cello Concertos by John Garth.  This native of Durham in Northern England proves to be a brilliant composer, and these concertos (which are believed to be the earliest examples of the Cello Concerto written in Britain) are surely the equal of those produced by Handel. Played on period instruments by one of Britain's leading baroque-music ensembles.

The scores, in cello/piano reduction, are available here
(cello and piano reduction - solo cello part available separately)

CD DURATION:  CD1: 43:33   CD2: 50:36  

AUDIO SAMPLE: Concerto no.4 in B flat - Presto (extract) 





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tracks:
Concerto no. 1 in D major
Concerto no. 2 in B flat major
Concerto no. 3 in A major
Concerto no. 4 in B flat major
Concerto no. 5 in D minor
Concerto no. 6 in G major

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“The performers here cherish every note of the music. This is a very fine achievement. Memorable music, persuasively performed, richly recorded and among the most rewarding releases of the year.” – Simon Heighes (International Record Review)

“ This is wonderful music, possessed of flair, style, and occasional significant breadth. The performances are equally commendable. Richard Tunnicliffe is in complete control of his instrument. The Avison Ensemble ... play with generous helpings of solid musicianship, not to mention complete dedication. The tempos are comfortable, never rushed or lugubrious, and the sound is quite vivid,This is a must-have for cellists, Anglophiles, and all who cherish music of the era; it is also the latest inductee into our Classical Hall of Fame.” - Michael Carter (Fanfare)

“These Garth concertos … are utterly delightful listening. This world premiere recording features period instruments.”– Berwick Advertiser
“Garth does show considerable powers of invention, avoiding cliché and turning corners with grace and wit. The slow movements are particularly attractive. The performances are excellent, with Richard Tunnicliffe irresistibly mixing grace and virtuosity. The recording is clear without sounding clinical or fierce. In performances such as these the present Concertos give immense pleasure. “- John Sheppard (MusicWeb)
“Admirable are Richard Tunnicliffe’s performances… [he] combines stylistic discipline with a refreshing freedom of expression. An excellent pair of discs” – The Journal Culture Magazine
“Garth's concertos will bear comparison with anything of the time from Mannheim or Vienna, and are a real gift to cellists. They should be much better known. The concertos are beautifully played by Richard Tunnicliffe, very stylishly accompanied by a one-to-a-part group — for which three cheers! I strongly recommend these highly enjoyable discs.” – Richard Maunder (Early Music News)
“Accomplished stuff: melodically attractive, pleasingly fluent. The performances are technically and musically skilled, both from Richard Tunnicliffe and the one-to-a-part band vibrantly led by Pavlo Beznosiuk. The recording is clear and airy – perfectly fitting for this refreshing release. – Lindsay Kemp (Gramophone)
“The orchestration throughout is sound, unimpeachable and the small ensemble forces offer Richard Tunnicliffe sterling support. The recording sounds highly sympathetic and attractive. Tunnicliffe’s achievement is to characterise the concertos with individuality, to bring them to life with a strong sense of character… he manages to do so with real flair and technical surety.” – Jonathan Woolf (MusicWeb)
“Very worthy of investigation” – Peter Spaull (Liverpool Daily Post)

“ Works of superb craftsmanship and great allure. They are given wonderfully crisp, enthusiastic, and convincing performances by Richard Tunnicliffe and the Avison Ensemble on another excellent disc.” - Em Marshall (Albion magazine)

“In some ways, Garth's concertos compare favourably with the wonderful cello concerto by Monn which was composed before 1750, and which was also many years ahead of its time. As a fellow cellist, I heartily thank Richard Tunnicliffe and the Avison Ensemble for bringing these works back to the English public. They very much demand to be heard.” - Tatty Theo (The Consort)

“[Garth] was a true expert of the instrument. The principal musical action is played out between the cello and the first violin, generating an entertaining and lively dialogue. Richard Tunnicliffe… cannot help but convince with his unobtrusive performance… Pavlo Beznosiuk… shines as leader of the ensemble with his baroque violin dating from the year 1676." - Aron Sayed (Klassik.com)
“The six concertos for cello and orchestra that we have here witness a period of musical history which is often overlooked, lying as it does between two absolutely dominant epochs” – PiRath (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)