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Avison and Poverty

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 04 February 2013

Donald Macleod presents the life and music of contemporary eighteenth century English composers Charles Avison and John Stanley. They were almost exact contemporaries, but living and working at opposite ends of the country, Avison in Newcastle and Stanley in London. They might be little known now, but in their day they were leading organists, composers, conductors and concert managers, employed by Royalty and admired by Geminiani and Handel.

We start with Avison, born on the banks of the Tyne in straitened circumstances, his father scraped a living as a member of the town band, and when he died, young Charles was taken up by a local patron of the arts and MP. It was a relationship which would enable Avison to find his way from the poverty of his childhood to a position as a prominent Newcastle musician.

Music Played

10 items
  • Image for John Stanley

    John Stanley Trumpet Voluntary

    Peformers: English Chamber Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, trumpet, Anthony Newman, conductor

    Sony: SK66244, 29

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Sonata for Harpsichord with accompaniment, in G major, Op.5 No.5 (1756)

    Performers: Gary Cooper, harpsichord, Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin , Caroline Balding, violin, Robin Michael, cello

    Divine Art: DDA21215, 13

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Concerto Grosso No.6 in G minor, based on Geminiani's Sonatas Op.1

    Performers: The Avison Ensemble

    Divine Art: DDA21210, 1

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Sonata in D minor Op.1 No.1 (c1737)

    Performers: London Baroque

    BIS: CD-1765, 2

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Concerto in E minor Op.2 No.3 (1740)

    Performers: Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ronald Thomas, director

    HMV: ASD3842

  • Image for John Stanley

    John Stanley Trumpet Voluntary

    Peformers: English Chamber Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, trumpet, Anthony Newman, conductor

    Sony: SK66244, 29

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Sonata for Harpsichord with accompaniment, in G major, Op.5 No.5 (1756)

    Performers: Gary Cooper, harpsichord, Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin , Caroline Balding, violin, Robin Michael, cello

    Divine Art: DDA21215, 13

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Concerto Grosso No.6 in G minor, based on Geminiani's Sonatas Op.1

    Performers: The Avison Ensemble

    Divine Art: DDA21210, 1

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Sonata in D minor Op.1 No.1 (c1737)

    Performers: London Baroque

    BIS: CD-1765, 2

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Concerto in E minor Op.2 No.3 (1740)

    Performers: Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ronald Thomas, director

    HMV: ASD3842

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