Art of the Mandolin

Art of the Mandolin

Avi Avital

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Tracklist

  • I. Allegro

    Avi Avital, Alon Sariel, Venice Baroque Orchestra

    3:37

  • II. Andante

    Avi Avital, Alon Sariel, Venice Baroque Orchestra

    4:26

  • III. Allegro

    Avi Avital, Alon Sariel, Venice Baroque Orchestra

    3:01

  • Adagio for Mandolin and Harpsichord in E Flat Major, WoO 43b (Transcr. for Mandolin and Harp)

    Avi Avital, Anneleen Lenaerts

    4:32

  • I. Inside the Wave

    Avi Avital, Anneleen Lenaerts, Yizhar Karshon, Ophira Zakai, Sean Shibe

    3:23

  • II. The Death of Despair

    Avi Avital, Anneleen Lenaerts, Yizhar Karshon, Ophira Zakai, Sean Shibe

    4:48

  • III. Death Is a Friend of Ours

    Avi Avital, Anneleen Lenaerts, Yizhar Karshon, Ophira Zakai, Sean Shibe

    3:40

  • Prelude for Mandolin Solo

    Avi Avital

    4:14

  • I. Allegro (Transcr. for Mandolin and Basso continuo)

    Avi Avital, Yizhar Karshon, Ophira Zakai, Patric Zepec

    2:43

  • II. Grave (Transcr. for Mandolin and Basso continuo)

    Avi Avital, Yizhar Karshon, Ophira Zakai, Patric Zepec

    1:08

  • III. Allegro (Transcr. for Mandolin and Basso continuo)

    Avi Avital, Yizhar Karshon, Ophira Zakai, Patric Zepec

    1:45

  • I. Allegro aperto

    Avi Avital, Sean Shibe, Yizhar Karshon

    3:23

  • II. Lentamente recitando

    Avi Avital, Sean Shibe, Yizhar Karshon

    3:35

  • III. Lo stesso movimento

    Avi Avital, Sean Shibe, Yizhar Karshon

    4:14

  • I. Carillon. Allegretto

    Avi Avital, Sean Shibe, Anneleen Lenaerts

    5:33

  • II. Récitatif. Adagio

    Avi Avital, Sean Shibe, Anneleen Lenaerts

    2:19

  • III. Masque

    Avi Avital, Sean Shibe, Anneleen Lenaerts

    1:26

  • Total playing time

    57:56

Album review

“Mandolinist Avi Avital has put together several impressive albums of music by combining works of Vivaldi and Beethoven, composers who actually did write for the mandolin occasionally, with intelligently chosen transcriptions. Here, for the first time, he offers a program of music entirely, at least theoretically, written for the mandolin. The evidence for Scarlatti's Sonata in D minor, K. 89, having been written for mandolin and continuo rather than harpsichord, is purely musical, not in the least documentary, but whatever the actual case, it fits into the program very well. Vivaldi and Beethoven are present, but most of the program is given over to works that combine the mandolin with other plucked strings, different in each case. It joins the harp, harpsichord, theorbo, and guitar for a kind of plucked wall of sound in David Bruce's Death Is a Friend of Ours. Paul Ben-Haim and Hans Werner Henze explore, respectively, the sonorities of mandolin, guitar, and harpsichord, and mandolin, guitar, and harp. Avital's collaborators, led by harpist Anneleen Lenaerts, are top-notch. There is just one solo mandolin piece, the Prelude for mandolin solo of contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima. The album as a whole is kaleidoscopic and viscerally exciting, alternating between percussive sounds and Vivaldian lyricism. Best of all is Deutsche Grammophon's engineering, accomplished mostly in Berlin's Teldex Studio. Recording the mandolin is perhaps the black belt of engineering, but here everything is crystal clear, and Avital's remarkable cantabile (not an easy thing to achieve on a mandolin) comes through in full. A lively and vigorous release.”

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Credits

    Released

    13 November 2020

    Recorded

    5 December 2019, 17 January 2020, 18 January 2020, 26 January 2020, 5 April 2020

    Recording locations

    Stadttheater Fürth, Teldex Studio, Berlin, Meistersaal, Berlin

    Producer

    Andreas Neubronner

    Producer

    Friedemann Engelbrecht

    Producer

    Lukas Kowalski

    Mixer

    Andreas Neubronner

    Engineer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer

    Sebastian Nattkemper

    Mixer, Mastering Engineer

    Lukas Kowalski

    Recording Engineer

    Rainer Maillard

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