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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B007FOV0NK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is an enjoyable CD of arrangements for the mandolin of well-known music by Bach: three concertos for violin or harpsichord and a flute sonata. The arrangements (by Avi Avital himself) are all excellent and very much in Bach's own idiom as an inveterate arranger and borrower of his own and others' music. They sound very natural as mandolin concerti and never feel awkward or forced. Avital is a terrific mandolin player and his virtuosity here is quite remarkable in places, bringing real zing to the quicker movements especially. The small Kammerakademie Potsdam ensemble is also very good - technically excellent and very sympathetic and flexible in their playing.

I have some small reservations about the disc as a whole. The first is the ability of the mandolin to maintain interest as a solo instrument in these pieces throughout the programme. This is no reflection on Avital who is brilliant, but I find the mandolin a pleasant but slightly limited instrument and I did begin to yearn for the harmonic capability of a harpsichord or the expressiveness of a violin after a while. I also think that the choice of four minor-key pieces doesn't help, and the disc would benefit from a bit of an emotional lift from time to time.

That said, this is a very enjoyable and often original take on wonderful music which is excellently performed here and I think this disc is very recommendable.
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Clealry an excellent musicain but after a while the lack of emotion in his playing becomes tiresome. I love the mandolin, I love Bach, but this isn't the best marriage of the two.
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Beautifully played
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This is special - wonderful arrangements by Avi. And if you get the chance to hear him live, GO GO GO - fantastic energy and fingers!
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