It's pretty rare to run across a piece of music that is almost completely unknown to you, but this recording of Avison's Trio Sonatas (and performed by The Avison Ensemble) is one of those rare finds. If you enjoy Baroque music and want to explore a bit further beyond the more well-known composers, this album should be on your very short list.
I have found the Avison Ensemble to be a uniquely talented group, and have spent many hours pouring over a number of their releases in the past few years, including Handel's magnificent Concerti Grossi op. 12 and Vivaldi's op. 8 concertos. These are some of the best recordings of these pieces I've experienced, and that's saying a lot, when one considers the recordings of these works that have been put out over the years by the major labels. And that's one of the real treats surrounding these, because not only is the Avison Ensemble performing at truly impressive levels, but the technical recording characteristics of these albums are also among the best I've ever heard. In fact, if you want to experience something truly magnificent in terms of both performance and recording, pick up a copy of the Avison Ensemble's Concerti Grossi op. 6 (Handel, see link below), and see if you agree.
I've never before explored the compositional works of Avison, but this album gives the opportunity to do just that. Its not only an enjoyable experience, but further allows us to compare and contrast with similar pieces by Handel and Vivaldi (as well as some of the French baroque composers). The playing here is just what we saw in previous Avison Ensemble performances: lovely, sonorous sound, clear punctuation, and crystal clear sound with high dynamic range and no audible noise. This is superb craftsmanship from just about every perspective. I highly recommend it as a five star album.
Other Recommended Avison Ensemble Recordings:
Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 6
Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8, Including 'The Four Seasons'