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Following in the footsteps of Miloš and his guitar revival, Deutsche Grammophon presents the charismatic young Israeli musician Avi Avital, champion of yet another beautiful and underestimated stringed instrument – the mandolin.
In 2010, Avi Avital was the first mandolinist to ever receive a Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumental Soloist”.
His debut album for Deutsche Grammophon is devoted to one of his great passions: the music of J.S. Bach. The programme includes Avi’s own mandolin transcriptions of three concertos and a trio sonata by the great Cantor of Leipzig.
These gifts, and his commitment to expanding the expressive possibilities of the mandolin, are why Deutsche Grammophon will place him on the music world’s radar – and what better way to begin, than with Bach?
Bach, J S: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052R
Bach, J S: Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056R
Bach, J S: Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
I. (Allegro moderato)
Bach, J S: Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034
I. Adagio ma non troppo
“all three works transfer well to the mandolin, tuned like the violin. The resulting sound is entrancing. Avital stylishly meets the challenge of moulding plectrum-plucked sound into long, shapely phrases and figurations...Avital's mandolin is hauntingly beautiful, putting this firmly on the wish-list of any Baroque enthusiast.”
“These really are polished, exciting performances by Avital and the Kammerakademie Potsdam that veer between bracing tension and an expressive fragility...The Andante [of the E minor Sonata] is worth the price of the disc alone.”
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