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For his debut on Deutsche Grammophon, mandolinist Avi Avital has chosen an all-Bach program, performing the Concerto in D minor and the Concerto in G minor (adapted from the original versions for harpsichord), the Concerto in A minor (originally written for violin), and the Sonata in E minor (originally composed for flute). For the sake of building a substantial repertoire for traditionally neglected or undervalued instruments, it's common for musicians to transcribe Bach's music as a practical consideration. In Avital's case, it appears to be a labor of love, for he has played Bach most of his life and always planned to make his music a part of a recording project. Yet the mandolin is particularly well-suited to Bach's linear writing and terraced dynamics, and its thin but pungent tone is easier to hear before a small Baroque orchestra. Avital's attraction to the music is both emotional, intellectual, and shrewdly sensible, for aside from the mandolin concertos of Vivaldi, there is little else that's... Hide synopsis

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