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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0052CD7M4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto In D RV208 "Grosso Mogul" I. AllegroScottish Chamber Orchestra 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto In D RV208 "Grosso Mogul" II. Recitativo: GraveScottish Chamber Orchestra 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto In D RV208 "Grosso Mogul" III. AllegroScottish Chamber Orchestra 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: Vedro Con Mio Diletto - Aria From GiustinoScottish Chamber Orchestra 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tartini: Sonata In G Minor (Devil's Trill) I. AndanteChristian Curnyn 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tartini: Sonata In G Minor (Devil's Trill) II. AllegroChristian Curnyn 3:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tartini: Sonata In G Minor (Devil's Trill) III. Andante/AllegroChristian Curnyn 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Concerto In A minor RV358 "La Cetra" I. Adagio-PrestoScottish Chamber Orchestra 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto In A minor RV358 "La Cetra" II. LargoScottish Chamber Orchestra 1:57£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto In A minor RV358 "La Cetra" III. AllegroScottish Chamber Orchestra 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Veracini: Sonata No. 6 in A Major (from Sonate accademiche op. 2) - Largo - From Sonata VI Of Sonate Accademiche, Op. 2Christian Curnyn 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tartini: Violin Concerto In A Minor, D115 "A Lunardo Venier" I. Allegro-Cantabile - Allegro AssaiScottish Chamber Orchestra 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tartini: Violin Concerto In A Minor, D115 "A Lunardo Venier" II. Andante-CantabileScottish Chamber Orchestra 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Tartini: Violin Concerto in A Minor, D115 "A Lunardo Venier" III. PrestoScottish Chamber Orchestra 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera - Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera (Aria)Scottish Chamber Orchestra 6:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Summer I. Allegro Non MoltoScottish Chamber Orchestra 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Summer II. Adagio e Piano - Presto ForteScottish Chamber Orchestra 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Summer III. PrestoScottish Chamber Orchestra 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Nicola Benedetti’s debut album on the Decca label is her first recording of baroque violin repertoire. Recorded in Edinburgh, the album celebrates Nicola Benedetti’s Scottish-Italian heritage as she plays virtuoso Italian masterpieces, accompanied by the leading chamber orchestra of her native country. The album highlights baroque favourites including "Summer" from Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons and Tartini’s famous "Devil’s Trill" sonata, for which Nicola is joined by a hand-picked chamber ensemble. The generous selection ranges from the sparkling virtuosity of the opening Vivaldi Concerto "Grosso Mogul", to the poignant lament of the "Veracini Largo" and the lyrical beauty of the two arrangements of Vivaldi vocal works, including the haunting "Nulla" in mundo pax sincera. The orchestra is directed from the harpsichord by leading baroque specialist Christian Curnyn.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb debut by Nicola Benedetti in the world of the Italian baroque. It's a well-chosen and judiciously arranged programme of concerti and sonatas by Vivaldi and two of his contemporaries, Tartini and Veracini. The violinist's technical mastery and stylistic affinity with the music are obvious from the very start of the "Grosso Mogul" violin concerto RV208. This is a striking and thoroughly engaging work, one of Vivaldi's finest, its brilliant and demanding cadenzas showing Ms Benedetti at her very best.

The works by Tartini and Veracini fare equally well. In Tartini's so-called Devil's Trill sonata, the trill section is brought off with a wonderful mixture of spirit and tenderness; and in the same composer's concerto in A minor D115, the performers beautifully convey the lyrical qualities and emotional depth of this composer's music. I say performers, because of course it's essential to include the outstanding contribution of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, stylish and experienced baroque practitioners who prove here to be ideal partners for Ms Benedetti, further enhanced by Christian Curnyn's faultless direction.

Two of the Vivaldi works performed here are arias transcribed for violin, one from the sacred motet "Nulla in mundo pax sincera" and one from the opera "Giustino", and both of these prove excellent material for instrumental treatment. The programme ends with an absolutely superb performance of the Summer concerto from the Four Seasons, with the birdsong imitation passages a particular delight. In this concerto, as in all the other works on the disc, Ms Benedetti plays with panache, flair and with extraordinary grace and feeling, and altogether proves to be a wonderful baroque stylist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GSD on 20 Nov 2011
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Technical excellence and an extremely stylistic and musical performance. This album is a must have - to say that this baroque period repertoire is not what she normally plays - no one would know!!! In fact her amazing technique shows that she easily copes well with all styles of music. Highly recommended!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grahame on 4 Jan 2013
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Well, this girl can certainly play the violin and is so talented for such a young age ( 25 ). This album is excellent and Nicola excels and certainly brings a modern touch to these classic pieces by Vivaldi, Tartini and Veracini. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. Thank you Amazon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Emteq VINE VOICE on 22 Nov 2011
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I'm always a wee bit doubtful about musicians who belatedly 'discover' historically informed playing, when the likes of Simon Standage, Rachel Podger, Fabio Biondi, Giuliano Carmignola, Andrew Manze etc. have been advancing our understanding and listening enjoyment for years.

Although Benedetti continues to use metal rather than gut string, vibrato is minimised and overall this is a pleasant if not ground-breaking CD. With the marketing ££ being thrown at the CD, hopefully it'll increase interest in historically informed performances and more listeners will come to appreciate A415!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 4 Oct 2011
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Following a recent rave review in the Classic FM Magazine a few months ago i decided to purchase this CD. I am not disappointed one bit. The playing and quality of the music is superb. I am a life long fan of the Baroque and to me the sheer class of `Italia` is beyond description. Purchase this and you wouldnt be disappointed !!!!.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alexander McQuarrie on 7 Nov 2011
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Nicola continues to maintain a high standard while introducing listeners to composers rarely heard, such as Tartini and Veracini whose output certainly deserves a much wider audience. This CD is worth every penny and a bargain at Amazon's price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Watson on 29 Jan 2013
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A gem of a CD. Beautiful music played wonderfully by Nicola. Strongly recommended and suggest it would make a great present..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pamela rees on 16 Jan 2013
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fantastic artist who certainly knows her craft and can interpret music as it should be. well worth buying this album as all tracks are lovely
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