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  • Audio CD (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B002IJAXEO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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British violinist Nicola Benedetti presents her fourth album, Fantasie, a selection of well-loved violin pieces that form a stunning violin showcase. The repertoire is varied, ultimately all popular pieces and greatly different to the repertoire on her most recent discs. The combination of virtuosic, gipsy-influenced show stoppers with introspective meditations and songs represents the two aspects of violin-playing that particularly interest Benedetti, as well as showing her musical and technical development. Former winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition Benedetti has established a fantastic career performing with major orchestras across the UK, US and Japan, garnering praise for her bold interpretations of concertos such as Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Glazunov and Szymanowski. For Fantasie Benedetti has put aside the concerti to explore some of the recital greats, including Vaughan Williams’ "The Lark Ascending", one of the greatest works for violin which, for the last three years, has been voted Classic FM’s favourite piece of classical music in their Hall of Fame.

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By M. Ash VINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
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.
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This album is a beautifully composed and beautifully performed album. Without question Nicola is playing with more passion and with a different approach to her music. Spiegel im Spiegel is the mosssst beautiful recording I have ever heard. In my opinion Fantasie is an essential buy for any violin enthusiast but equally for a first timer to classical music this is THE album I would recommend.
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Heard Nicola Benedetti recording of Spiegel Im Spiegel on Classic FM and immediately went to Amazon and found this CD. Am excited with her talent that shines on this CD. Not to be missed - and a bargain for a fiver!
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I like it. Your music taste may be different ;-)

I can't objectively comment on the production or the various tracks and playing ability of the artists as I don't have any thing to compare against.

Subjectively, it sounds good to me (it is played on some good quality HiFi)
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Without a doubt the best album Nicola has made.
Outstanding choices in the music selected.
No fillers here just wonderful music played to perfection.
I have owned this CD for over 12 months and must play it at least once a week.
This is Nicola at here very best.
Highly recommended
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Bit of a change for my musical taste but this didn't disappoint. Mood music - excellent quality of sound & playing
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When you hear a soloist live, it sparks an interest in their musical careers. Such was my own experience having heard Nicola performing live twice in Ireland (Mendelssohn and Sibelius Concerti). I therefore made it my business to buy her three CDs and was delighted to purchase this fourth one recently.
In both her live performances and in these recordings, I feel that the music is Nicola's primary reward rather than financial gain, the opposite so often being the case with other performers.
Her playing is warm, true and full of love for each piece she plays. Reading the CD sleeve, one can see the amount of research and thought put into these recordings, before finally putting her own personality into each piece. The CD would appeal to both the serious collector and the beginner.
The only thing preventing a five star rating here is that it is slightly disappointing to find repeats from her earlier CDs.
Difficult to pick a favourite track but I would go for the Vocalise.
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You don't need to be told that Nicola Beneditti is a great violinist: she certainly is and this CD certainly underlines that fact. Am really pleased to have purchased this disc.
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