I bought the CD “Avi Avital Plays Bach” in July. I was intrigued by the marketing words used to describe this project:
Following in the footsteps of Milo 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?