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Avi Avital's Bach is back, with an amazing new recording of the second violin partita and a DVD / WCRB: CD Of the Week

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Mandolinist Avi Avital has brought the music he loves into venues of every sort. But his nightclub Vivaldi and his Carnegie Hall Bach have the same loving approach – deeply felt, nuanced with sparkling precision, and phrased with the natural breathing of a singer. While he is one of those performers whose warm and humble presence can win an audience over before he even plays, his technique allows him to communicate with virtually every note. "When I play," he says, "I try to cancel everything. In a way, to disappear. To just become a channel to this music. "

Now, Deutsche Grammophon has released a deluxe edition of Avi Avital's 2012 solo album Bach, with Avital and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra playing mandolin arrangements of concertos written for other instruments. New on the release is a gorgeous performance of Avital's arrangement of Bach's Solo Violin Partita No. 2 (which ends with one of Bach's most profound creations, the famous Chaconne). Also included is the opening prelude of Bach's first cello suite (see trailer below). There's also a DVD of two Bach concertos performed in concert.

Avi Avital J.S. Bach is the WCRB: Boston 'CD Of the Week'