Avi Avital: Art of the Mandolin

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RELEASE DATE: 20/11/2020
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Art of the Mandolin offers a guided tour of the instrument’s rich history and a star performer’s personal selection of some of its greatest compositions.

Avital, who has commissioned and premiered many new mandolin works himself, was keen to focus here on music composed specifically for his instrument and, in the process, showcase its versatility. He was joined for the recording by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, harpist Anneleen Lenaerts, guitarist Sean Shibe, harpsichordist Yizhar Karshon and theorbo player Ophira Zakai.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Basso continuo in G major RV 532

1 I. Allegro

2 II. Andante

3 III. Allegro

Alon Sariel mandolin

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

4 Adagio ma non troppo in E flat major WoO 43/2

for Mandolin and Harp (Harpsichord)

Anneleen Lenaerts harp

David Bruce (*1970)

Death is a Friend of Ours for Mandolin, Guitar, Harp, Theorbo and Harpsichord

5 I. Inside the Wave

6 II. The Death of Despair

7 III. Death is a Friend of Ours

Sean Shibe guitar · Anneleen Lenaerts harp

Ophira Zakai theorbo · Yizhar Karshon harpsichord

Giovanni Sollima (*1962)

8 Prelude for Solo Mandolin

Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)

Sonata for Treble Instrument and Basso continuo in D minor K 89

9 I. Allegro

10 II. Grave

11 III. Allegro

Ophira Zakai theorbo · Patrick Sepec cello · Yizhar Karshon harpsichord

Paul Ben-Haim (1897–1984)

Sonata a tre for Mandolin, Guitar and Harpsichord

12 I. Allegro aperto

13 II. Lentamente recitando

14 III. Lo stesso movimento

Sean Shibe guitar · Yizhar Karshon harpsichord

Hans Werner Henze (1926–2012)

Carillon, Récitatif, Masque for Mandolin, Guitar and Harp

15 I. Carillon. Allegretto

16 II. Récitatif. Adagio

17 III. Masque

Sean Shibe guitar · Anneleen Lenaerts harp

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