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a good follow-up to the first CD
on 10 September 2007
Nicola Benedetti is a mature and accomplished violinist at a very young age. It takes courage to present a programme like this - the hugely often-recorded Mendelssohn Concerto, two little Mozart pieces that require the art which conceals art, some ersatz Schubert and an uncompromising Macmillan contribution. What it does seem to say is that it is her CD, not some kind of marketing exercise or 'themed' or 'concept' programme, but the music she wanted to do at this particular point, and that's good. It is all most compelling, too. The Mendelssohn is entirely without frills, no fancy insights, just straight, in tune, very poised, well controlled and honest. The Mozart is quite lovely, with a splendid interplay between soloist and orchestra. I can't say I'm a great fan of the arrangements of the Serenade and Ave Maria, but they are well done. And the Macmillan is full of character and played with great commitment. It's a fine CD, and a fine achievement.