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John Garth was born not far from Durham in 1721 and was a pupil of Charles Avison, the Newcastle organist and composer. Garth was himself a gifted organist and composer. He was also highly involved with the Durham music scene.
The works recorded here were published in 1760 and dedicated to Edward, Duke of Your, an accomplished cellist. They were composed at a time of great change in British music - away from the baroque concerti grossi of Corelli and Geminiani towards the three movement `da camera' approach developed by composers such as J. C. Bach. These Garth concertos contain influences of both styles and are utterly delightful listening. This world premiere recording features period instruments.
Garth is hardly known in the UK, and this release will introduce him to a new audience. The booklet notes are written by Simon Fleming who is currently researching a PhD at Durham University on music in Durham in the 18th century.
Comprised of some of Europe's leading musicians and soloists and in addition to playing other works from the baroque and early classical periods, the Avison Ensemble promotes chamber concerts and is furthering the revival of the once famous Newcastle Subscription Concerts, originally established and promoted by Charles Avison himself.
The Ensemble have chosen to perform on period instruments in order to recreate as closely as possible the distinctive 'sound world' that Charles Avison would have known.
If you're like me, even though you may know lots of classical music, you may not have heard of Garth. But it's fun enjoyable acessible music so go give it a try. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Surrey
10/10 - brilliant album by a composer who was New to me, I love the CD. Will certainly get other works by this composer.
The Avison ensemble are a great British band.
I can only add to the general plaudits.
There's a great deal on this disc to demand the listener's attention - I can't see anyone being seriously disappointed with... Read more
I was introduced to Charles Avison's music by my piano teacher many years ago. He, from Newcastle on Tyne was a surprise. Read morePublished on 28 May 2013 by Dr. Norman White
I heard this on RadioSwissClassic and was intrigued. The CD's don't disappoint and are a happy trbute to an almost lost composerPublished on 19 Dec. 2012 by Dr. D. M. Syme
Like others, I had not previously heard of John Garth and shared their scepticism - just how baseless this was! Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2012 by MJK