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Grammy®-nominated mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital has been acclaimed for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility” by the New York Times, while Israel’s Haaretz has described Avital’s playing as “everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do . . . truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication.”
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  • Performer: Shalev Ad-El, Ophira Zakai, Ira Givol
  • Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam
  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B007FOV0NK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. 2. Largo
6. 3. Presto
7. 1. (Allegro moderato)
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Product Description

Following in the footsteps of Milos and his guitar revival, Deutsche Grammophon presents the charismatic young Israeli musician Avi Avital, champion of yet another beautiful and underestimated stringed instrument the mandolin.

Avi Avital is a young man with a dream. Overflowing with charm, intelligence and enthusiasm he looks set to become the first international superstar of the mandolin.

In 2010, Avi Avital was the first mandolinist to ever receive a Grammy® nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist.

His debut album for Deutsche Grammophon is devoted to one of his great passions: the music of J.S. Bach. The programme includes Avi s own mandolin transcriptions of three concertos and a trio sonata by the great Cantor of Leipzig.

These gifts, and his commitment to expanding the expressive possibilities of the mandolin, are why Deutsche Grammophon will place him on the music world s radar and what better way to begin, than with Bach?

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exquisitely sensitive playing and stunning agility --The New York Times

everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do , has been hailed for its truly breath-taking in virtuosity and dedication --Haaretz Daily

everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do , has been hailed for its truly breath-taking in virtuosity and dedication --Haaretz Daily

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The quality of the recording is outstanding!
Anne M. Spelman
Avi is a wonderful, committed artist and this recording captures the utter joy with which he approaches all the music he plays.
Pelham Pearce
What can I say - utter pleasure for the ears and soul.
Cainea

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 19, 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cainea on November 6, 2012
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Just when you thought nobody could bring up something new about Bach, here comes this original, sparkling, velvety and pleasing, although virtuoso, reading.
What can I say - utter pleasure for the ears and soul. And the first (to tenth) time I heard it was on a stormy intercontinental flight... i simply had to buy myself a copy.
Enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Gross on July 23, 2012
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I listen to this CD every morning with my daily meditation. The music takes me away to deep spiritual places. The mandolin? Yes, the mandolin. I saw Avi in concert at Sixth and I in Washington DC, and his sweet and deep personality comes though his interpretatin of Bach. Buy this CD, and enrich your life.Bach
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hudson1028 on July 19, 2012
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What an incredible contribution to the classical music world! A real artist on Mandolin and performing these great Bach Masterpieces... Real joy. Check out his Dorman Mandolin Concerto CD - equally rewarding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moses on June 16, 2012
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I was eagerly awaiting this album since I heard this young man perform and it has certainly proven to be worth the wait. Sensitive and intelligent. Five BRILLIANT Stars. Avi Avital - what an outstanding musical talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Zucker on June 17, 2012
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Avi is an amazing musical talent who has presented the mandolin to us in a brilliant and innovative venue for strings. So wonderful to hear this period music played in such a creative manner .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By plume bleu on May 23, 2013
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I've been turned off my most classical mandolin recordings. This one is stellar in tone and performance. Avi stays out of the way, and reveals the true spirit of Bach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mssweeney on March 1, 2013
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Very enjoyable. I put this on as background music when I have guests. It creates a peasful mood. I also like to listen to it at night when my work is finished. It sooths me.
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