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The Silver Violin

Carlos Gardel, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nicola Benedetti Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008CYV046
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Williams: Main Theme From "Schindler's List"Kirill Karabits 3:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Korngold: Die tote Stadt - Arr. Franz Willms - Tanzlied des PierrotKirill Karabits 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gardel: Tango - Por Una CabezaKsenija Sidorova 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Shostakovich: The Gadfly, Op97 - 3. Youth (Romance)Kirill Karabits 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 - 1. Moderato nobileKirill Karabits 9:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 - 2. Romance: AndanteKirill Karabits 8:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 - 3. Finale: Allegro assai vivaceKirill Karabits 7:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hess: Ladies In Lavender - Main ThemeKirill Karabits 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Shostakovich: "The Counterplan", Op.33 - music from the film - 2. AndanteKirill Karabits 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Marianelli: My Edward & I (from "Jayne Eyre")Kirill Karabits 4:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Shore: Concertino from "Eastern Promises" - Eastern PromisesGreg Knowles 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Shore: Concertino from "Eastern Promises" - TatianaGreg Knowles 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor (1876) Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello - 1. Nicht zu schnellTom Dunn11:461.49  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Shostakovich: Five Pieces For 2 Violins & Piano - Arr. Atovmyan - 1. PreludeAlexander Sitkovetsky 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Korngold: Die tote Stadt / Act 1 - Mariettas LiedKirill Karabits 5:290.79  Buy MP3 

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5* recording! 1 Sep 2012
By Becky
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Having now proved herself as a serious violinist with the obligatory recordings of the typical repertoire (Bruch/Tchaikovsky etc), it is fantastic to see Nicola now able to express her vision for music through her recordings. This disk strikes exactly the right balance between being widely accessible but not abandoning the concept of a 'proper' classical album.

For classical music purists, the Korngold violin concerto is the centrepiece of the disk. This is a fabulous interpretation and has a suitably showbiz-y feel to allow it to blend seamlessly with the other works. (I'm not exactly in a position to critique her technical proficiency in this piece - if there were flaws, I couldn't hear them anyway...!)

The other works on the disk are the more accessible ones. With 15 tracks, each one is shorter than the pieces often found in the classical repertoire and hence the music is broken into 'bite-size chunks' (perhaps less suited to the classical music purists but good for those who are intimidated by longer works). The stand-out tracks for me are Gardel's Por Una Cabeza (in which Ksenija Sidorova (accordian) is a fantastic addition to the tried and tested combination of Benedetti, Elschenbroich, Stikovestsky and Grynyuk), Shostakovich's Romance from the Gadfly and Korngold's Marietta's Lied (which she recently performed at the Proms).

Although it pains me to make any criticisms, I feel I have to make a few comments in the interests of a balanced review! The Hess and Marianelli pieces seem perhaps a little out of their depth and are somewhat lost in between the works of Shostakovich/Mahler/Korngold. Shore's Concertino from Eastern Promises (another little-known composer) however holds its own remarkably well (I especially like the second part!).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful 28 Nov 2012
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Beautiful music beautifully played. There are some real gems here along with well known items. A great bargain CD. Would recommend.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Violin 1 Nov 2012
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Nicola Benedetti's talent has matured noticeably since I first listened to her 'live' with the BSO.

Here, she presents a well-chosen programme of outstandingly beautiful violin music derived mainly from the cinema.

Her warmth of tone, ease of expression, and faultless, sparkling technique make her, in my opinion, one of the finest soloists of today. Nowadays, she plays on the Gariel Strad. which sounds magnificent in her hands.

Not everybody would welcome this particular choice of programme, mainly, dare I say, because of the musical snobbery that persists, and which serves only to discourage younger people from listening to so-called 'Serious' music, but for those who do genuinely appreciate fine melodies, and rich harmonies, this album certainly stands out. I therefore recommend this delightful album without hesitation.

Benedetti's rendition of the Korngold concerto, is so reminiscent of Heifetz's two recordings of the work, but without being an imitation of them. Even if you are only interested in having the Korngold concerto, you will be hard-pushed to find a better interpretation of it (Leonid Kavakos's recording is another favourite of mine). In the same way that the movie concertos ('Warsaw Concerto', 'Dream of Olwen', 'Cornish Rhapsody, etc) have tended to all be included in the various available albums, I can foresee that the present formula is likely to become the standard for admirers of the violin in the movies. Benedetti did it first! A similar idea from John Williams and Itzakh Perlman previously brought us two splendid albums of film themes arranged specially for solo violin and orchestra, but these were largely of pieces not intended for this purpose.

If you are simply only wanting ideas for Christmas presents for friends and family, then just order a dozen of these! You won't go far wrong. FL
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cd. 6 Sep 2012
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I bought this for my Wife for her Birthday after hearing Nicola Benedetti on BBC's breakfast programme a week or so ago.
On that programme they played Tango - Por Una Cabeza, the third track on the CD and I knew then it was something I would like to hear again played through a proper stereo system and thought my Wife would like it too.
I'm not really a classical music fan but many of the pieces on this CD are very evocative and emotion pieces of music that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.
I thoroughly recommend it regardless of your musical tastes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Film music on the violin - Nicola Benedetti 5 Sep 2013
By Iain
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How on earth can a CD remain in the "top twenty" classical recording for month after month? Well, just buy this and listen to it. I am a fan of Korngold, and love his opera "Die tote Stadt", so I didn't need much encouragement to try this CD. The programming of this disc is surely one clue to its success, but the beautiful playing of Miss Benedetti is what makes it a sure winner. Surely this will open the treasure house of classical music to lots of listeners previously not inclined to choose classical recordings. Go for it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Act 7 Dec 2012
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What a credit Nicola is to our country, we should be ever so proud of her achievements so far. I hope she plays more romantic/sentimental tracks in future albums and ones the general public know. She does everything with such grace.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest CD from Nicola Benedetti. 4 Sep 2012
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Just stunning, her violin playing is superb. Music written and used in films, beautiful. Very relaxing and concentrates the mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Violin
An excellent CD for lovers of violin music and the talent of Nicola Benedetti. The arrangement of Korngold's aria "Marietta's song" is particularly beautiful, for what is... Read more
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I was encouraged to buy this record after listening to Nicola Benedetti on Dessert Island Discs. Miss Benedetti sounded so natural and sensible I thought I would purchase one of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by St Colms
5.0 out of 5 stars Tonic for the ears
A wonderful collection of music which is good for the soul. Love to listen to it in the car - releases the stress!
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Hastings
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I gave this to my granddaughter and she tells me that she loves it and that it help her with her violin lessons.
Published 2 months ago by S. H. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Violin
This is a quite beautiful CD. Thoroughly enjoyable and made me want to listen to more classical music in future.
Published 2 months ago by Ros CY
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
I was a bit disappointed with this. I'm a big fan of Nicola B but found this to be not as good as her previous albums. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris F
5.0 out of 5 stars Violin goddess
Nicola is just an amazing girl. Everything about her is great and I love the playing too. Have seen her live several times, including at the Proms and her recordings are a great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KM
3.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Violin
Was disappointed in this CDbut that may just be my taste. The compilation of mel,odies was not as good as My first Decade which I had purchased first
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Joan P. Halliday
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best
I bought this cd for a friend who wanted it for one particular piece of music, she has played it all over and over again and enjoys it all.
Published 3 months ago by sussex dolly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Liolin talks
the music Nicola offers is fascinating classical with a twist, its well worth a listen, her skill as ana rtist is showcased here the sound that she eases from her Strad is so... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. J. Hughes
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