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  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Composer: John Garth
  • Audio CD (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Divine Art
  • ASIN: B000WC43M2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Cello Concerto in D major, Op. 1, No. 1: I. Allegro 7:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Cello Concerto in D major, Op. 1, No. 1: II. Andante 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Cello Concerto in D major, Op. 1, No. 1: III. Giga 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Cello Concerto in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 2: I. Allegro moderato 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Cello Concerto in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 2: II. Affettuoso 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Cello Concerto in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 2: III. Allegro assai 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Cello Concerto in A major, Op. 1, No. 3: I. Allegro 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Cello Concerto in A major, Op. 1, No. 3: II. Andante 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Cello Concerto in A major, Op. 1, No. 3: III. Allegro 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 


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  1. Cello Concerto in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 4: I. Presto 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Cello Concerto in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 4: II. Andante affettuoso 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Cello Concerto in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 4: III. Minuet 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Cello Concerto in D minor, Op. 1, No. 5: I. Allegro 7:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Cello Concerto in D minor, Op. 1, No. 5: II. Adagio - Affettuoso 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Cello Concerto in D minor, Op. 1, No. 5: III. Allegro moderato 6:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Cello Concerto in G major, Op. 1, No. 6: I. Allegro 7:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Cello Concerto in G major, Op. 1, No. 6: II. Siciliana 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Cello Concerto in G major, Op. 1, No. 6: III. Allegro 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 

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In the 18th century, Durham was a small bustling metropolis. The Norman cathedral nestled above the city and was a focal point for musicians, clergy and dignitaries, being situated on the main route from London to Edinburgh.

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.

Review

"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 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. " -- MusicWeb

"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." -- Early Music News

Classic FM - Drivetime CD of the Week -- Classic FM

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 April 2008
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Do you like Correlli, Bach, and cello? Do you enjoy period instruments when they produce a warm, earthy timbre? Do you appreciate musicianship of quality and sensitivity? The Avison Ensemble are in our debt for the way they have resurrected the works of this 18th century, Newcastle-born cellist/composer, a contemporary of Avison's. This is a lovely double cd, with a warm human vision at its centre. Richard Tunnicliffe's cello playing is a mellow, earthy delight,with a warm,singing tone, effortlessly matched by the playing of the Avison Ensemble, who generate a sparklingly joyful, bouyant 'sprung rhythmn', which lifts the music magically to another level. This is very well recorded, having an immediacy which would have you believe the musicians are in the room with you, probably due to the wonderful acoustic of the Picture Gallery in Paxton House, where it was recorded. Ideal music for relaxation, for mood enhancement, and with sufficient richness and complexity to reward repeat listening. This is a rich little treasure indeed. If you enjoy this, you should also investigate this fine ensembles performances of Charles Avison's work on Naxos Charles Avison: Twelve Concertos, Op. 6 and Charles Avison: Six Concertos, Op. 3; Eight Concertos, Op. 4
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2010
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I was a bit dubious about this double CD because little-known composers are often little-known for a very good reason, but I tried it because Richard Tunnicliffe and Pavlo Beznosiuk are such excellent musicians and because of the favourable reviews here. I am very glad I did - it is excellent.

I had never heard of John Garth before, but on this evidence he was a very good composer indeed. He was roughly contemporary with Haydn but these cello concertos seem to me still to have a lot common with those of the Baroque, although there are distinct elements of the emerging Classical style. I find them delightful - by turns graceful and elegant, thrilling and gently beautiful, and they are full of melody and excellent harmonic invention. I was extremely pleasantly surprised by how good they were on first hearing, and I have listened to them repeatedly and with great pleasure.

Part of what makes them so enjoyable are the excellent performances. Richard Tunnicliffe excels in this repertoire - he is technically very fine, the sound of his cello is lovely and he shows a great empathy with both Garth's music and his fellow musicians. The Avison Ensemble on this recording consists of just six musicians - one to a part - directed by the excellent Pavlo Beznosiuk. They have a wonderful spring and suppleness which is ideally suited to this music but have plenty of welly when needed. I think it is exemplary playing.

The recorded sound is excellent and the notes are very good (and very readable). I agree with the other reviewers here; this is a terrific recording and very warmly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By farran on 14 Jan. 2013
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Why haven't we heard more of John Garth? These concertos are a delight, impeccably played and recorded. Richard Tunnicliffe is a superb baroque/classical cellist, as demonstrated also in his recording of the Bach cello suites. The sound of his gut strings, the lack of vibrato, his clarity of attack and intonation, the occasional restrained decoration [e.g.Bach's 6th suite Sarabande] all put him on a par with Bylsma and Wispelwey in this style. Sheet music of the Garth concertos is sadly not available - an opportunity for an enterprising publisher? Capable amateur cellists would rush to buy them!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By r.b. on 23 Oct. 2009
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John Garth was a cellist who hailed from Durham and in all likelihood was a pupil of the better known Newcastle organist and composer Charles Avison.In 1760 Garth's op 1 was published,a set of 6 cello concertos which on the evidence of these discs show his creative skills to be superior to almost all other native British composers of the time and indeed many Italian or German masters for that matter.
The Avison Ensemble and in particular cellist Richard Tunnicliffe,have been blessed with rave reviews regarding this 2006 recording.
These concerto's are without a doubt from the pen of a very gifted composer and it's all vividly captured by the engineers.I would even go so far to say that Garth,in terms of musical creativity,rivals William Boyce who is still regarded as Britain's finest native composer of the 18th century.If you doubt that pretty bold statement then i believe the quality of the music on this recording speaks for itself and strongly reinforces that claim.I rank Garth above even Thomas Arne as a composer and as previously mentioned,the only serious rival to Boyce as regards instrumental music.

Strongly recommended!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By edward on 27 Jan. 2014
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My first encounter with this music was via my radio station of choice, Classic FM. This is a cd of six concertos for violoncello with four violins, alto viola and basso ripieno. I enjoyed the first piece I heard and then sufficiently impressed by subsequent tracks to buy the cd. For me, the whole cd is a delight, with the music both uplifting and relaxing. I bought the cd about 2 months ago and unlike some that that soon find their way to the bottom of the pile I enjoy returning to this music, both to listen and as a gentle and unitrusive background to reading. Tastes differ, but it is quite possible that those who love the rich tones of the cello could be as pleased by this discovery as I was.
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