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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto op35; Bruch: Violin Concerto 1

Nicola Benedetti, Jakub Hrusa Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Czech Philharmonia
  • Conductor: Jakub Hrusa
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Max Bruch
  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B003XU6U9E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro moderato
2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
4. Allegro moderato
5. Adagio
6. Finale (Allegro energico)

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The newest release from the young Scot who shot into the public spotlight as winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 16 and who at 23 made her Proms debut performing the beautiful Vaughan Williams "Lark Ascending" with four albums Deutsche Grammophon already under her belt and a promising solid international career firmly in place.

In her previous recordings Benedetti has always made creative repertoire choices with innovative groupings of pieces. Works have included world premiere recordings by leading British composers such James MacMillan and Sir John Tavener. But now Benedetti, for the first time, has recorded two giants of the violin concerto repertoire, the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, op.35 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op.26.

The Tchaikovsky and Bruch concertos, composed in 1878 and 1866 respectively, are two of the best-known – and best-loved - concertos in the repertoire. In the case of the Tchaikovsky it is also one of the most technically demanding.

Although Benedetti’s fifth album for Deutsche Grammophon, this will be her first of entirely standard violin repertoire. With this album, Benedetti has recorded works against which all violinists must test themselves.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent CD. There is always a danger in recording such well-loved and much-performed concerti as these - do we really need another version? - but this CD goes some way beyond 'just another' recording. I particularly like the Tchaikovsky. It is a thoroughly musical performance, absolutely assured technically but presenting the Concerto as a fine piece, not just something for virtuoso display with a gentle slow movement. Nicola Benedetti has a particularly winning way with passage work, which is not mere background musing or a way for getting from A to B but lyrical, thoughtfully phrased and beguiling in itself. Like Sarah Chang on an older, equally fine CD, she seems to hear and present the music afresh. The slow movement is lovely, truly lovely, and she lets go in the Finale with a fairly rapid tempo but, again, plenty of musicality in the phrasing. The end of the Concerto is most exciting. The whole thing is extremely well supported by conductor and orchestra and the recording is first-rate. It is easy to fall into the trap of routine efficiency in this work, but not one single bar in this performance gives that impression.

I could say much the same about the Bruch (and again praise the orchestra and conductor for being really part of the whole thing). The soloist is not afraid to play really quietly and there are some lovely hushed moments. The famous slow movement is rapt and mesmeric. Again, this is a performance that demands attention, notable for its freshness and commitment.

And it is very good to see this former winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition developing in this way. Many winners have had one CD to their name.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force from a brilliant young musician 18 Sep 2012
By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Overall this is a brilliant release, and how good it is to see two such popular works coupled together.

The final movement of the Tchaikovsky is 'on the edge' stuff - taken fast and furiously. But it works and the overall impact is exhilarating: it seems quite improbable that Benedetti and the orchestra will hold it all together to the end. But they do, of course, and it is a remarkable recording for that; one of the most exciting renditions of any classical work that I have ever heard. If repeated at a live concert it would have the audience on its feet, cheering.

There are times when I think that she has not quite phrased things as I would like, or has skimped on notes to prepare herself for the passage to follow. But these are quibbles and do not detract from the overall virtuosity of the performances. These are her interpretations and she is entitled to put her stamp on the works.

Benedetti is at her very best in the quieter, more melodic passages, especially in the Bruch which I have seen her perform live. She makes it sing - she has such a feel for the music. Indeed, she speaks in interviews about how it moves her. The emotional connection comes through on this recording of the Bruch concerto.

We should not take for granted the wonderful Stradivarius instrument she plays. It has a gloriously rounded tone that adds value to her brilliant playing.

I am sure Benedetti will record these concerti again in what is going to be a long and illustrious career, and her interpretations and approaches will change. This recording will stand the test of time, however, as a tour de force from a brilliant young musician rapidly establishing herself as a favourite. Five stars.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding issue. 20 Oct 2010
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With so many of the world's top echelon violinists, both young and mature, having versions of these much loved works available on CD there cannot really be one universally agreed best version of either. But I would agree with other reviewers here that this is an outstanding issue. Nicola Benedetti plays the Tchaikovsky with feeling and passion yet with subtle nuances. I have several other recordings of the concerto and what really registers is her refusal to treat it as a sprint race in places, or merely a showpiece for her technique. You can hear this is Nicola from the playing, as if she plays with her whole body, not just her arms, slightly reminiscent of du Pré. The recording is excellent, with the soloist forward enough for clarity yet not too much to blend in orchestral tuttis. The orchestral sound is recognisably that of the Czech Philharmonic, credit perhaps being shared by the orchestra, conductor, hall and recording engineer. Ensemble is of a high order.

The Bruch is of a similarly high standard. For me the major impact is in the Tchaikovsky because it definitely surpasses any other version I have on CD, nor have I heard better live. Doubtless some will disagree, but anyone may buy this CD with confidence.

After I wrote the above I found that the review in Gramophone described the finale as "very fast indeed", and I felt rather foolish! However, on checking, I found: Milstein 8'57", Ferras 9'13",compared to Benedetti 10'10". A matter of opinion I suppose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicola Marches on 21 Nov 2010
By Daveked
Format:Audio CD
Nicola Benedetti has taken a huge step forward with this new CD tackling two of the best-known concerti in the repertoire. The Bruch exhibits all her round and rich tone and lyrical beauty but it is the Tchaikovsky which is the real eye-opener (or ear-opener!) In particular the verve and ferocity with which she attacks the last movement is new territory in her recorded works - it is terrific stuff and well worth hearing. I am sure this recording will be alway be up there with the world's best.
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