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A violin celebration
on 14 September 2009
I've long enjoyed the repertoire on this disc and the performances of Jascha Heifetz in some of this repertoire hold a special place in my heart for the effortless way in which they balance technical accomplishment with real musical communication.
On this disc Benedetti completely achieves that balance. Her playing is technically brilliant. Some of the passages in the Saint-Saens sparkle with virtuosity. Yet the playing never fails to be musical. The technical accomplishment is always at the service of musical communication, with a wonderful delicacy to some of the quieter, more intimate moments. Her phrasing in the Vocalise is exquisite and she maintains a wonderfully full but clean tone throughout, that strikes the difficult balance between sounding overly thin and overly syrupy.
DG's recording is excellent and Benedetti's playing is admirably served by excellent orchestral and piano accompaniments.
A CD of familiar repertoire that is well worth buying.