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Avi Avital - Between Worlds / Otago Daily Times review

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Avi Avital is the Israeli mandolin virtuoso. He showed his class in an unlikely 2012 album of solo Bach. Now with Between Worlds he is joined by very talented friends on accordion, harp, clarinet and other instruments in an entertaining programme of a dozen classical ''pops''.

It is entertainingly ''different'' in arrangements of Villa Lobos' Aria from Bachianas Brasilieras No.5 (solo accordion and double bass forming the ''orchestra''), Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, a traditional Bulgarian melody, Piazolla's tango Fuga y Misterio, Bloch's spiritual Nigun and Falla's lively Siete Canciones Populares Espagnol.

There is a very new version of Dvorak's Finale from String Quartet No.12 ('American'), a traditional Welsh melody and Monti's Csardas with no violin in sight - an adventurous tour of musical worlds from east to west.